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Formation of regular packets of Staphylococcus aureus cells.

By T Koyama, M Yamada and M Matsuhashi


Staphylococcus aureus, which usually forms grape-like clusters, has the ability to form regularly arranged cell packets. These regular cell packets are formed when the activity of its separation enzyme(s) is lost either by treatment with detergents, such as sodium dodecyl sulfate or Trition X-100, or by mutation of the cells. These cell packets consisted of 8 to 64 spherical cells that have a three-dimensional arrangement. Some irregularity in the arragement of cells in packets, however, can be observed by scanning electron microscopy. It is concluded that S. aureus fundametally divides along three definitely oriented planes that are located at right angles to each other. After cell division, the cells usually become translocated due to the action of a separation enzyme(s) to form grape-like clusters

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1977
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:235131
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