Hemagglutination, adherence, and surface properties of vaginal Lactobacillus species.

  title={Hemagglutination, adherence, and surface properties of vaginal Lactobacillus species.},
  author={Ant{\`o}nia Andreu and Ann E Stapleton and Cynthia L Fennell and Sharon Louise Hillier and Walter E. Stamm},
  journal={The Journal of infectious diseases},
  volume={171 5},
To address the poorly understood mechanisms through which lactobacilli adhere to vaginal epithelial cells (VECs), 65 wild type lactobacilli isolated from the vaginal flora of young women and 3 American Type Culture Collection Lactobacillus strains were studied. Group I isolates (n = 56) hemagglutinated sheep, rabbit, and human red blood cells (RBCs) and adhered poorly to VECs. In contrast, all 4 group II strains hemagglutinated sheep and human but not rabbit RBCs, adhered in large numbers to… CONTINUE READING

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