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J Antimicrob Chemother. 1990 Jan;25(1):69-72.

In-vitro selection of resistance of Staphylococcus aureus to teicoplanin and vancomycin.

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Department of Internal Medicine, St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio 44501.


Nineteen strains of Staphylococcus aureus (five penicillin-susceptible and methicillin-susceptible, four methicillin-susceptible and penicillin-resistant, and ten methicillin-resistant) were serially subcultured in broth media containing a subinhibitory concentration (half the MIC) of either teicoplanin or vancomycin. The MIC of the antibiotic was again measured after five passages in antibiotic-containing broth. The experiment was terminated after 25 passages. After passage fifteen strains exhibited an eight-fold or greater increase in MIC of teicoplanin. On the other hand, only two strains exhibited even an unstable four-fold increase in MIC of vancomycin.

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