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Can J Microbiol. 1986 Sep;32(9):751-5.

[Bacterial interference with skin colonization in germfree hairless mice].

[Article in French]


Bacterial colonization of the digestive tract and the skin was studied over a 3-week period in a group of 10 germfree HRS mice using Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Sequential utilization of two strains allowed us to carry out six assays and to show the presence of interference phenomena during colonization of the skin. When P. aeruginosa was given after challenge with S. aureus or S. epidermidis, it did not colonize the skin. If the first challenge was done with P. aeruginosa, this bacteria was eliminated within 10 days by S. aureus and S. epidermidis on the skin, but it succeeded in colonizing the digestive tract. When the first challenge was done with S. aureus, colonization of the skin and the digestive tract with S. epidermidis was prevented, whereas these two species were found in association when S. aureus was given in second place. None of the in vitro assays (mixed culture, bacteriocin production, adherence inhibition, antimicrobial activity) could explain the in vivo observations.

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