Absence of bacterial adherence in the establishment of experimental mastitis in mice

Vet Pathol. 1978 Nov;15(6):770-5. doi: 10.1177/030098587801500609.


The possibility of adherence of Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli or Streptococcus agalactiae to the epithelium of the mammary gland was investigated by inoculating them into this gland of mice. S. aureus, S. epidermidis and E. coli did not adhere to alveolar epithelium in suckling or non-suckling mice. S. agalactiae adhered to alveolar epithelium in non-suckling mice but adhesion was not sufficiently strong to withstand suckling. Bacterial adherence probably does not play a significant role in the establishment of mastitis by these organisms.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Epithelium / microbiology
  • Escherichia coli / isolation & purification
  • Escherichia coli Infections / microbiology
  • Female
  • Lactation
  • Mammary Glands, Animal / microbiology
  • Mastitis / microbiology
  • Mastitis / veterinary*
  • Mice
  • Neutrophils / microbiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Staphylococcus / isolation & purification
  • Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification
  • Streptococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / isolation & purification