STUDY OF THE ACTION OF SODIUM LAURYLSULFATE ON E. COLI
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
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Sodium laurylsulfate L.S. lyses E. coli cells when their metabolism is halted or inhibited by any of a number of antimetabolites. Actively growing cells are completely unaffected. It was shown by paper chromatography that L.S. extracts the lipoprotein of free cell walls exactly as phenol does. L.S. has an extremely rapid lytic action on globular forms of E. coli. The probable mechanism of the cytolysis of nonmetabolizing whole cells is discussed.
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