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Volume 8, Number 9—September 2002

Research

Characterization of Flagella Produced by Clinical Strains of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia

Doroti de Oliveira-Garcia*†, Monique Dall'Agnol‡, Mónica Rosales‡, Ana C.G.S. Azzuz§, Marina B. Martinez†§, and Jorge A. Girón‡
Author affiliations: *Laboratório Clínico do Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia, São Paulo, Brazil; †Departamento de Microbiologia do Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; ‡Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, México; §Departamento de Análises Clínicas da Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil;

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Figure 8

Ultrastructural analysis of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia adhering to plastic. (A) Scanning electron micrographs showing the tight adhesion of SMDP92 to the plastic surface. (B) Structures resembling flagella seem to be protruding and interconnecting bacteria (arrowheads) or connecting bacteria to the plastic (arrows). (C) In addition to the flagellalike filaments (arrowheads), high-power magnification shows the presence of thin fibrillar structures connecting bacteria to the abiotic surface. Bars: A 10 μm, B 1 μm, C 2 μm.

Figure 8. Ultrastructural analysis of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia adhering to plastic. (A) Scanning electron micrographs showing the tight adhesion of SMDP92 to the plastic surface. (B) Structures resembling flagella seem to be protruding and interconnecting bacteria (arrowheads) or connecting bacteria to the plastic (arrows). (C) In addition to the flagellalike filaments (arrowheads), high-power magnification shows the presence of thin fibrillar structures connecting bacteria to the abiotic surface. Bars: A 10 μm, B 1 μm, C 2 μm.

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