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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2008 Dec;14(12):1180-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2008.02105.x. Epub 2008 Nov 21.

Panton-Valentine leukocidin is expressed at toxic levels in human skin abscesses.

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INSERM U851, Université de Lyon, Centre National de référence des Staphylocoques, Faculté Laennec, Lyon, France.


Pus samples were prospectively collected from patients with Staphylococcus aureus skin infections and tested for Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL). PVL was detected at concentrations that were toxic for rabbit skin in all specimens from patients infected with strains harbouring PVL genes.

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