Inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus adherence to collagen under dynamic conditions. Academic Article uri icon


  • Staphylococcus aureus is the most common etiological agent of bacterial arthritis and acute osteomyelitis and has been shown to bind to type II collagen under static and dynamic conditions. We have previously reported the effect of shear on the adhesion of S. aureus Phillips to collagen and found that this process is shear dependent (Z. Li, M. Hk, J. M. Patti, and J. M. Ross, Ann. Biomed. Eng. 24[Suppl. 1]:S-55). In this study, we used recombinant collagen adhesin fragments as well as polyclonal antibodies generated against adhesin fragments in attempts to inhibit bacterial adhesion. A parallel-plate flow chamber was used in a dynamic adhesion assay, and quantification of adhesion was accomplished by phase contrast video microscopy coupled with digital image processing. We report that both recombinant fragments studied, M19 and M55, and both polyclonal antibodies studied, alpha-M17 and alpha-M55, inhibit adhesion to varying degrees and that these processes are shear dependent. The M55 peptide and alpha-M55 cause much higher levels of inhibition than M19 and alpha-M17, respectively, at all wall shear rates studied. Our results demonstrate the importance of using a dynamic system in the assessment of inhibitory strategies and suggest the possible use of M55 and alpha-M55 in clinical applications to prevent infections caused by S. aureus adhesion to collagen.

published proceedings

  • Infect Immun

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Mohamed, N., Teeters, M. A., Patti, J. M., Hk, M., & Ross, J. M.

citation count

  • 50

complete list of authors

  • Mohamed, N||Teeters, MA||Patti, JM||Höök, M||Ross, JM

editor list (cited editors)

  • Tuomanen, E. I.

publication date

  • February 1999