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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 1999 Jan;33(1):65-8.

Encapsulated Enterococcus faecalis: role of encapsulation in persistence in mouse peritoneum in absence of mouse lethality.

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Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY 10029, USA.


Two nonhemolytic, mucoid, encapsulated strains of Enterococcus faecalis lacked lethality for 23 white mice when inoculated (10(9) cells/mL) intraperitoneally. Bacteremia was short lived (2 to 3 days), but peritoneal cultures remained positive for 7 days postinoculation. Although encapsulation did not result in animal lethality, encapsulation may have delayed peritoneal clearance by interference with phagocytosis.

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