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Med Microbiol Immunol. 1988;177(4):229-33.

The role of capsule as a barrier to bacteriophage adsorption in an encapsulated Staphylococcus simulans strain.

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Institut für Hygiene, Universität Köln, Federal Republic of Germany.


The polyvalent staphylococcal bacteriophage U16 failed to adsorb to an encapsulated Staphylococcus simulans strain. Partially purified cell wall and teichoic acid of this strain could, however, inactivate bacteriophage U16 to a great extent, indicating the presence of the phage receptor. It is concluded that the capsule of Staphylococcus simulans acts as a barrier for the interaction of the phage with its receptor in the bacterial cell wall.

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