Mahesh Balakrishnan

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Dental caries is the most common infectious disease affecting humans. The principal causative agents are a group of streptococcal species collectively referred to as the mutans streptococci of which Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus are the most important agents of human caries. This review outlines what is currently known about these(More)
Bacteriocins produced by mutans streptococci are known as mutacins. In this study 16 broadly active mutacin-producing Streptococcus mutans strains from New Zealand, North America and Europe were classified into four groups (A-D) on the basis of differences in their activity in deferred antagonism tests against either the homologous producer strain (to test(More)
Streptococcus mutans strain N was shown to have bacteriocin production and immunity characteristics consistent with those of Group I mutacin-producing strains of S. mutans. The bacteriocin mutacin N was purified from agar cultures of S. mutans strain N using XAD andp6 reversed phase chromatography. The molecular mass of mutacin N was 4806 Da and the entire(More)
Mutans streptococci (MS) are known to be causative agents of dental caries. It has been suggested that these cariogenic bacteria could be eliminated from dental plaque by application of bacteriocins or bacteriocin-like inhibitory substances (BLIS). In the present study 272 bacterial strains of the genera Streptococcus, Enterococcus and Staphylococcus were(More)
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