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SUMMARY

A preliminary examination has been made of the effects of salts of heavy metals on bacterial adherence. H-thymidine labelled strains of Enterobacteriaceae isolated from sputa were incubated with human buccal cells and metallic salts. 10 zinc or iron salts significantly increased adherence of Enterobacteriaceae to human buccal cells in an in-vitro system. These effects were not altered by variation of the buffer system used, and seem dependent upon interactions between metals and bacteria that occur within about 5 minutes.

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