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Key Role for Clumping Factor B in Staphylococcus aureus Nasal Colonization of Humans

  • Heiman F. L Wertheim mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: h.wertheim@erasmusmc.nl

    Affiliation: Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    ¤Current address: Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Hanoi, Vietnam

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  • Evelyn Walsh,

    Affiliation: Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Microbiology Department, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

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  • Roos Choudhurry,

    Affiliation: Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Damian C Melles,

    Affiliation: Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Hélène A. M Boelens,

    Affiliation: Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Helen Miajlovic,

    Affiliation: Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Microbiology Department, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

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  • Henri A Verbrugh,

    Affiliation: Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Timothy Foster,

    Affiliation: Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Microbiology Department, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

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  • Alex van Belkum

    Affiliation: Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Published: January 15, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050017

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Publisher's Note: Minor Correction

Posted by plosmedicine on 11 Sep 2009 at 14:40 GMT

We did find that, in general, S. aureus carriers had higher anti-ClfB levels than non-carriers. This is concordant with the results of Dryla et al. [31]
http://plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0050017#article1.body1.sec4.p6

The author has made us aware that the paper from Dryla et al.
[ref 31] has been cited incompletely in the discussion. Though a tendency of higher IgG levels in carriers was reported in Dryla's paper, this was not the case for ClfB antigen.

No competing interests declared.