Summary: The relative surface charge and hydrophobicity of 16 strains of showed large variations. For this species no relationship between the two surface parameters was found. A highly negative surface charge was observed in all seven encapsulated strains (one and six strains). The adhesion of the staphylococci to fluorinated polyethylene-propylene films was not related to the relative surface charge and the hydrophobicity of the bacteria. On films pre-exposed to human plasma, the bacterial adhesion was substantially reduced. Mechanisms involved in the adhesion of coagulase-negative staphylococci to this biomaterial are discussed.


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