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Trends Microbiol. 1999 Jan;7(1):46-50.

Unexplored reservoirs of pathogenic bacteria: protozoa and biofilms.

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Pharmaceutical Sciences Institute, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. m.r.w.brown@aston.ac.uk

Abstract

In the natural, industrial, hospital and domestic environments, there are numerous phenotypes of pathogenic microorganisms, which vary considerably in chemical, physical and biological properties. A link exists between survival, resistance and virulence. In particular, surface-adherent biofilms and bacteria living within protozoa pose potential health problems that are unrecognized by conventional laboratory culture methods.

PMID:
10068997
DOI:
10.1016/s0966-842x(98)01425-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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