Interactions of zinc with fluoride on growth, glycolysis and survival of Streptococcus mutans GS-5.

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Effects of zinc and/or fluoride on growth, glycolysis and survival of Streptococcus mutans GS-5 were examined in vitro. Zinc inhibited growth and glycolysis, and enhanced the antimetabolic activity of fluoride. Zinc alone had little effect on cell survival. During cell growth without pH control a protection from cell death was mediated by fluoride, which… (More)

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