We examined the production of superantigenic exotoxins in 136 coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from various skin lesions in humans using a reversed passive latex agglutination test (Denka Seiken). As a control we examined the same in 50 Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from non-infective skin ulcers in humans. Of the 136 strains of coagulase negative-staphylococci, 9 (6.6%) produced one or more identifiable exotoxins. In contrast, 21 (42%) out of the 50 S. aureus strains produced one or more identifiable exotoxins (P < 0.01). (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.
- Coagulase negative-staphylococci
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Superantigenic exotoxin
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- Molecular Biology