Staphylococcal and micrococcal adherence to canine and feline corneocytes: quantification using a simple adhesion assay

Authors

  • Yi-Fang Lu,

    1. Division of Companion Animal studies, Institute of Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow Veterinary School, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1QH, UK
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Neil A. McEwan

    1. Faculty of Veterinary Science, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Small Animal Hospital, University of Liverpool, Crown Street, Liverpool L7 7EX, UK
    Search for more papers by this author

Neil A McEwan, University of Liverpool, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Small Animal Hospital, Crown Street, Liverpool L7 7EX, UK. Tel. 0151 794 4290; Fax: 0151 794 4305; E-mail: n.a.mcewan@liverpool.ac.uk

Abstract

In this paper a simple adhesion assay suitable for the assessment of bacterial adhesion to both canine and feline corneocytes is described. Using this assay Staphylococcus intermedius, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus chromogenes were shown to adhere well to both canine and feline corneocytes. The numbers of adherent bacteria were, however, generally lower for feline corneocytes. Both Staphylococcus hominis and a Micrococcus species adhered poorly to canine and feline corneocytes. This is the first report documenting bacterial adhesion to feline corneocytes.

Ancillary