Growth and Laboratory Maintenance of Staphylococcus aureus

Growth and Laboratory Maintenance of Staphylococcus aureus

Growth and Laboratory Maintenance of Staphylococcus aureus

ABSTRACT

Staphylococcus aureus is a facultative anaerobic Gram-positive coccus and a member
of the normal skin flora as well as the nasal passages of humans. S. aureus is also the
etiological agent of suppurative abscesses, as first described by Sir Alexander Ogston in
1880. Ever since, studies on S. aureus have focused on the complex battery of virulence
factors and regulators that allow for its swift transition between commensalism and
pathogenic states and escape from host immune defenses. The success of this pathogen is
further evidenced by its ability to acquire antibiotic resistance traits through mechanisms
that often remain poorly understood
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