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Correlation between growth curve and killing curve of Escherichia coli after a brief exposure to suprainhibitory concentrations of ampicillin and piperacillin

E Yourassowsky, M P Van der Linden, M J Lismont, F Crokaert, Y Glupczynski
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 1985, 28 (6): 756-60
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Escherichia coli strains that were susceptible to multiple antibiotics were exposed to suprainhibitory concentrations of ampicillin and piperacillin. As with the majority of beta-lactam antibiotics, the growth curves showed an increase in optical density (OD) before lysis during the first hours. This increase in OD depended on the concentration of ampicillin and was independent of the concentration of piperacillin. A good correlation was found between the prelytic increase in OD and the killing curve. During the prelytic increase in OD, the number of CFU per milliliter remained constant. The decrease in the number of CFU per milliliter depended on the concentration of ampicillin and was independent of the concentration of piperacillin. pH variations gave rise to similar effects on growth curves and killing curves.

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