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STUDIES ON GONOCOCCUS INFECTION : III. CORRELATION OF GONOCOCCAL COLONY MORPHOLOGY WITH INFECTIVITY FOR THE CHICK EMBRYO

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Journal of Experimental Medicine
0022-1007
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The Rockefeller University Press
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Abstract

Comparable numbers of types 1, 2, 3, and 4 gonococci were placed on the intact chorioallantoic membrane of 236, 10-day old chick embryos. Types 1 and 2 organisms produced infection and could be cultured from chorioallantoic fluid 2 days later significantly more often (69%) than types 3 and 4 organisms (12%, P < 0.001). This confirms in an animal model the same correlation between colony types and infectivity observed in human volunteers and suggests that types 1 and 2 gonococci possess a fundamental virulence characteristic which is absent from types 3 and 4 organisms. Gonococcal infection of the chick embryo chorioallantoic cavity remains a useful model somewhat analogous to localized gonococcal infection in man.

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