Characterization of a neutrophil-inhibitory factor from clinically significant Staphylococcus epidermidis.


Sixteen isolates of Staphylococcus epidermidis recovered from blood cultures of patients were examined for ability to adhere to plastic tubes, for agglutinability with concanavalin A, and for the ability to inhibit the bactericidal activity of neutrophils collected from healthy human volunteers. Neutrophil inhibition was induced by six of nine isolates… (More)