Author(s): Fourniat J, Colomban C, Linxe C, Karam D
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Abstract Escherichia coli B41 (O101: K99: F41: ST+) adheres to HeLa 229 cells in a diffuse pattern. Heat-killed (100-105 degrees C) Lactobacillus acidophilus (Lactéol strain) was found to inhibit this adhesion in a dose-dependent manner. This inhibitory action was lost after lysis of the L acidophilus, suggesting steric hindrance of E coli adhesion sites rather than competition for a common binding site. A thermostable factor (100-105 degrees C) excreted by L acidophilus into the medium may be required for the adhesion of L acidophilus to HeLa cells, and for the inhibition of adhesion of E coli to these cells.
This article was published in Ann Rech Vet
and referenced in Applied Microbiology: Open Access