Competitive adherence as a mechanism of bacterial interference.

Canadian journal of microbiology

PubMedID: 6411317

Bibel DJ, Aly R, Bayles C, Strauss WG, Shinefield HR, Maibach HI. Competitive adherence as a mechanism of bacterial interference. Can J Microbiol. 1983;29(6):700-3.
To determine whether competition among bacteria for specific attachment sites on host cells can explain bacterial interference, Staphylococcus aureus strain 502A was tested in turn against two different nasal coryneforms, a strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and a virulent strain of S. aureus, all in the presence of nasal mucosal cells. Particularly examined was the influence of sequence in which bacteria were presented to the nasal cells in comparison with initial mixtures and individual suspensions. Results paralleled those observed in clinical prophylaxis: the bacterium first to adhere to the epithelial cells was able, under uniform conditions, to interfere with the colonization of subsequently added bacteria. Secondary adherence was not eliminated but substantially reduced, and was probably related to steric blockage by the initial colonizer and its particular ability to dissociate from the host cell.