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J Infect Dis. 1988 Feb;157(2):264-71.

MR/K hemagglutination of Providencia stuartii correlates with adherence to catheters and with persistence in catheter-associated bacteriuria.

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Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore 21201.

Abstract

Providencia stuartii was the most prevalent bacterial species isolated, for one year, from weekly urine specimens from 51 long-term catheterized patients. Significantly more strains causing bacteriuric episodes of long duration expressed MR/K (mannose-resistant/Klebsiella-like) hemagglutination (74%) than did those causing episodes of short duration (26%; P = .004). Isolates expressing MR/K hemagglutinin bound in higher numbers to catheter material (P = .023) than did those not expressing this hemagglutinin. Significantly more strains causing bacteriuric episodes of short duration expressed the mannose-sensitive (MS) hemagglutinin (43%) than did those causing episodes of long duration (7%; P = .014). Isolates expressing MS hemagglutinin bound significantly more 125I-labeled Tamm-Horsfall protein (THP) than did isolates not expressing this hemagglutinin (P = .0001). Our results indicate that MR/K hemagglutinin plays an important role in the ability of P. stuartii to persist and suggest that MR/K adheres to the catheter. Conversely, MS hemagglutinin binds to THP and may prevent persistence of P. stuartii in the catheterized urinary tract.

PMID:
2891774
DOI:
10.1093/infdis/157.2.264
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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