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Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Mar 15;48(6):760-3. doi: 10.1086/597040.

The pneumococcal pilus predicts the absence of Staphylococcus aureus co-colonization in pneumococcal carriers.

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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. gregev@hsph.harvard.edu

Abstract

The determinants of the negative association between Streptococcus pneumoniae and Stapylococcus aureus colonization are unknown. In this matched case-control study, the odds of co-colonization with S. aureus were significantly lower for individuals carrying a piliated versus a nonpiliated S. pneumoniae strain, suggesting the pilus may be a determinant of the negative association.

PMID:
19207082
PMCID:
PMC2674784
DOI:
10.1086/597040
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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