Group A Streptococci: Localization in Rabbits and Guinea Pigs Following Tissue Injury

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Science  28 Nov 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3909, pp. 1161-1163
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3909.1161


Rabbits injected intravenously with extracellular products ("toxins") of group A streptococci develop myocardial, muscular, and hepatic lesions. When such animals are then challenged with fluorochrome-labeled group A streptococci or with titanium oxide particles the labeled bacteria or particles localize within phagocytic cells in the tissue lesions caused by the toxins. Similarly, labeled streptococci or titanium oxide particles will also localize within phagocytic cells in skin lesions of guinea pigs that develop delayed hypersensitivity to tuberculin or to bovine gamma globulin. It is proposed that a combined mechanism of injury and localization of bacteria in damaged tissues may be responsible for poststreptococcal sequelae or other chronic inflammatory diseases.

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