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Title: Biofilms in drinking water systems: a possible reservoir for Helicobacter pylori.
Authors: Mackay, WG
Gribbon, LT
Barer, MR
Reid, DC
First Published: Dec-1998
Citation: J APPL MICROBIOL, 1998, 85 Suppl 1, pp. 52S-59S
Abstract: A laboratory model system was utilised to investigate the persistence of Helicobacter pylori in mixed-species heterotrophic biofilms. A single-stage continuous culture vessel was linked to a modified-Robbins device (mRD) incorporating removable stainless steel coupons. The system was innoculated with H. pylori (NCTC 11637) and the fate of the organism monitored by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis. Helicobacter pylori was detected in biofilm material for a period of up to 192 h. Theoretical washout would have occurred at around 48 h thus detection of H. pylori for a prolonged period after theoretical washout suggested that the organism possessed the ability to persist in the mixed-species heterotrophic biofilm. Preliminary studies using heat-inactivated H. pylori showed that the organism was not detected in biofilm material at any time post-challenge suggesting that the persistence of H. pylori in such material was a phenomenon requiring the organism to be in a viable state. Further investigations to assess the biological basis for the association of H. pylori with drinking water biofilms and the risk that this may pose to public health are being undertaken.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.1998.tb05283.x
eISSN: 1365-2672
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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