Hemagglutination by Staphylococcus aureus strains responsible for human bacteremia or bovine mastitis

Mark Edmund Rupp, Jenny Han, Soren Gatermann

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Although hemagglutination by Staphylococcus aureus has been associated with the pathogenesis of bovine mastitis, this trait has not been characterized with regard to human disease. In this study, the prevalence of hemagglutination in 100 strains of S. aureus responsible for bovine mastitis or human bacteremia, was characterized. Under optimum conditions hemagglutination was noted in 23% of the bovine strains, but only 13% of human strains, leading us to conclude that this trait is not a significant virulence determinant in human systemic infection. Additional studies indicate the hemagglutinin of S. aureus strains responsible for human bacteremia is proteinaceous in character.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-36
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Microbiology and Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1 1995



  • Adherence
  • Bacteremia
  • Hemagglutination
  • Mastitis (bovine)
  • Staphylococci

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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