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Appl Microbiol. Dec 1970; 20(6): 871–874.
PMCID: PMC377074

Investigation of the Penicillinase Activity in L Colonies of Staphylococcus aureus

Abstract

Penicillinase-producing strains of Staphylococcus aureus are transformed into stable L colonies by 70 to 100 subcultures on methicillin-containing medium with a suitable high osmolarity. During transformation, the penicillinase activity is lost. This loss in activity is not the result of only the penicillinase-negative mutants transforming to L colonies. If unstable L colonies are filtered through 0.45-μm membrane filters immediately after transformation, still no penicillinase activity is seen; this is also the case if the filtrated L colonies are reverted into coccal forms. The mechanism responsible for the loss of penicillinase activity is discussed. A loss of the penicillinase plasmid is proposed as the most reasonable explanation.

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