The influence of penicillin on growth and morphology of Streptococcus pyogenes in vivo

Zentralblatt Für Bakteriologie, Mikrobiologie, Und Hygiene. Series A, Medical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Virology, Parasitology
A M BergholmM Wagner


The influence of penicillin (pc) on the growth, phagocytosis and killing of Streptococcus pyogenes was studied for an M protein positive (M+) and an M protein negative (M-) strain in vivo as well as in vitro. In vivo studies were based on a tissue cage model and the analyses were performed by CFU determinations and electron microscopic investigations. The M- strain was easily phagocytized with and without pc, but killing only occurred after pc treatment and thus the number of viable bacteria rapidly decreased under the influence of pc. M+ streptococci were not reduced in numbers by pc-treatment in vivo, but morphological changes and at high pc concentrations, phagocytosis could be seen. When this strain (M+) was cultivated in the absence of pc, the phagocytic cells were totally destroyed - a reaction that was prevented by penicillin. Variations in surface morphology of the two strains seem to influence the differences in sensitivity to penicillin, phagocytosis and killing.


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