Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1985

Journal or Book Title

Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Volume

50

Issue

3

First Page

634

Last Page

637

Abstract

Eleven bacterial and two yeast strains, four of which were previously identified as having activity on a lightly cross-linked carboxymethyl cellulose (CLD-2) found in one type of superabsorbent tampon, were grown on a variety of substrates, most containing cellulosics. None produced detectable amounts of cellulases, but all elaborated beta-glucosidase. None of these 13 strains nor 3 commercially obtained beta-glucosidase preparations could hydrolyze CLD-2, although a commercial cellulase and two other bacterial preparations known to produce cellulases could. Based on these results, it appears that previous work suggesting that the degradation of CLD-2 by vaginal microbes and beta-glucosidase is implicated in the production by Staphylococcus aureus of toxin causing toxic shock syndrome must be reevaluated.

Comments

Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 50, no. 3 (September 1985): 634–637.

Copyright Owner

American Society for Microbiology

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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