PMID: 40883Oct 1, 1979

Adherence of Mycoplasma pneumoniae to glass surfaces

Infection and Immunity
J FeldnerS Razin


Attachment of M. pneumoniae to glass was quantitated in an experimental system enabling the settling down of [3H]palmitic acid-labeled cells onto glass cover slips. Attachment of mycoplasmas suspended in buffer increased with temperature, decreased with higher ionic strength, and showed a maximum at about pH 5.5. The findings suggest a participation of ionic bonds in the attachment process. Trypsin did not detach glass-bound mycoplasmas, and treatment of the cells with glutaraldehyde did not reduce their attachment to glass, suggesting that membrane components other than proteins may be involved in the attachment. Low concentrations (up to 20 mg/ml) of bovine serum albumin buffer. However, during the next few hours, attachment increased far above the bovine serum albumin control. This marked increase was reduced by more than half in the presence of chloramphenicol. Increased attachment was also observed when glucose (0.1 to 2 mg/ml) was added to the bovine serum albumin-containing buffer. The findings suggest different mechanisms for the attachment in protein-free buffer and in growth medium or glucose-containing bovine serum albumin buffer, respectively. The latter apparently requires metabolic activity of the mycoplasmas.


Jan 1, 1991·Archives of Microbiology·K Gruber, U B Sleytr

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