Comparative susceptibility of group B streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus to killing by oxygen metabolites.


Group B streptococci (GBS) lack catalase, and they produce and release H2O2;thus, they should be readily killed by phagocytes with a diminished respiratory burst. Surprisingly, although strains of Staphylococcus aureus were killed at H2O2 concentrations greater than 0.5 mM, GBS strains were killed only at concentrations greater than 5mM. In contrast, GBS… (More)