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Microbial Communities in Dental Plaque

 Microbial Communities in Dental Plaque

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Microbial Communities in Dental Plaque

Description:
Multispecies microbial communities in situ within 8-hour-old dental plaque. Red cells are stained with an antibody reactive with a streptococcal receptor polysaccharide involved in cell-cell recognition (coaggregation). Green cells are stained with an antibody reactive with many streptococcal strains known to coaggregate with the receptor-polysaccharide-bearing cells. Blue cells are stained with a general nucleic acid stain. Mixed-species communities, rather than clonal growth, characterize initial colonization of human enamel.

Credit:
Drs. Paul E. Kolenbrander and Robert J. Palmer, Jr., Oral Infection and Immunity Branch, NIDCR

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This page last updated: February 26, 2014