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Sampling and detection of skin Propionibacterium acnes: Current status
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
2012 (English)In: Anaerobe, ISSN 1075-9964, E-ISSN 1095-8274, Vol. 18, no 5, 479-483 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A connection between acne vulgaris and Propionibacterium acnes has long been suggested. Over the years, several human skin microbiota sampling methods have been evolved and applied, e.g. swab, scrape, extraction techniques including cyanoacrylate gel sampling as well as punch biopsy. Collected samples have been processed following various methodologies ranging from culture studies to probe labelling and molecular analysis. Direct visualization techniques have recently shown the existence of anatomically distinct skin P acnes populations: epidermal and follicular. P. acnes biofilms appear to be a common phenomenon. Current sampling approaches target different skin populations of P. acnes and the presence of microbial biofilms can influence the retrieval of P. acnes. The anatomical considerations must be taken into account while interpreting microbiological data. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2012. Vol. 18, no 5, 479-483 p.
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Acne vulgaris, Propionibacterium acnes, Biofilm, In situ hybridization
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-62800DOI: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2012.07.001ISI: 000310943200001OAI: diva2:581093
Available from: 2012-12-28 Created: 2012-12-18 Last updated: 2012-12-28Bibliographically approved

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