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Rev Esp Fisiol. 1984 Jun;40(2):227-30.

Toxicity of an algal mucopolysaccharide for Escherichia coli and Neisseria meningitidis strains.


Several bacterial strains of clinical significance have been tested to assess the toxic effect of a lectin-like algal mucopolysaccharide from Fucus vesiculosus on their growth. The toxic effect of the mucopolysaccharide has been found to be exerted only on Escherichia coli and Neisseria meningitidis strains. The degree of toxicity, measured by the effect on the growth of the bacteria, is variable depending on the strains of E. coli tested, whereas with N. meningitidis the results obtained indicate homogeneity between the strains, without significative variations among different serotypes even in the same serogroup.

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