Assessment of elastase as a Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence factor in experimental lung infection in mink.

Anaesthetized mink were inoculated intratracheally with an elastase-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain (PAO1) and two mutants derived from PAO1 with defective elastase formation (strains PAO1-E64 and PAO1-las-16). Survival times were prolonged in mink infected with the mutants, and microscopic examination of lungs showed that the elastase-positive wild… CONTINUE READING