Hemagglutination properties of Streptococcus suis

M. Gottschalk, A. Lebrun, M. Jacques, Robert Higgins

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A total of 49 strains (23 reference strains and 26 field isolates) of Streptococcus suis were tested for their ability to agglutinate erythrocytes from different animal species. Ten different hemagglutination patterns were established. Thirty-three strains (67%) did not agglutinate any of the erythrocytes tested; sixteen strains (33%) agglutinated erythrocytes from one or more animal species. Different strains belonging to the same capsular type presented different hemagglutination patterns. No correlation was found between the tissue origin and/or the virulence (evaluated in 4-week-old mice) of different field isolates and their hemagglutination activity. Hydrophobic surface properties were also evaluated. All S. suis strains studied appeared to possess a hydrophilic cell surface. Morphologically similar fimbriae were observed on hemagglutinating as well as on nonhemagglutinating strains of S. suis. This study provides evicence that certain strains of S. suis possess hemagglutinating properties which do not appear to involve hydrophobic interactions. The possible role of fimbriae in hemagglutination remains unclear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2156-2158
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 7 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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