Mechanism of the Lysis of Pneumococci by Freezing and Thawing, Bile, and Other Agents


PNEUMOCOCCI, LIVING OR DEAD, ARE SOLUBLE IN BILE WHEN: (a) the autolytic enzymes are still present in a potentially active form; (b) conditions are favorable for enzymatic action. Bile solubility of pneumococci involves as a necessary step one, or a few, of the many stages of the autolytic complex. These observations hold true for the disruption of… (More)


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