Staphylococcus Epidermidis Infections

Microbes Infect. 2002 Apr;4(4):481-9. doi: 10.1016/s1286-4579(02)01563-0.


The opportunistic human pathogen Staphylococcus epidermidis has become the most important cause of nosocomial infections in recent years. Its pathogenicity is mainly due to the ability to form biofilms on indwelling medical devices. In a biofilm, S. epidermidis is protected against attacks from the immune system and against antibiotic treatment, making S. epidermidis infections difficult to eradicate.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Adhesion
  • Bacteriocins / metabolism
  • Biofilms / growth & development
  • Humans
  • Models, Molecular
  • Pheromones / metabolism
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / therapy
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis / chemistry
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis / metabolism
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis / pathogenicity*
  • Virulence


  • Bacteriocins
  • Pheromones