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Table 1 Important properties of mucoid and nonmucoid phenotypes of Pseudomonas aeruginos a in the respiratory tract of cystic fibrosis patientsa

From: Recent advances in the treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosainfections in cystic fibrosis

Property Mucoid phenotype Nonmucoid phenotype
Location in the lungs Respiratory zone and conductive zone in sputum Conductive zone in sputum
Biofilm formation in vitro Yes Yes
Biofilm formation in vivo Yes No
Multiply antibiotic resistance due to conventional mechanisms Seldom Frequent
Resistance (tolerance) due to biofilm properties Yes No
Responsible for lung tissue damage Yes No
Induces pronounced antibody response Yes No
  1. aTable 1 is based on data in references [9] and [10].