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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1996 Aug 1;141(2-3):255-60.

Impact of sar and agr on methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus.

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Department of Medicine and Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.


The global regulators agr and sar control expression of cell wall and extracellular proteins. Inactivation of either sar and/or agr in a typical heterogeneously methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus resulted in a small but reproducible decrease in the number of cells in the subpopulation expressing high methicillin resistance. The amount of low affinity penicillin-binding protein PBP2', the prerequisite for methicillin resistance, was apparently not affected, however, a reduction in PBP1 and PBP3 production was observed, suggesting that these resident PBPs of the cells might be involved somehow together with PBP2' in high level methicillin resistance.

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