DONATO FUMAROLA, M.D.; GIUSEPPE MIRAGLIOTTA, M.D.; IRENE MUNNO, SC. BIOL.
To the editor: Weinstein (1) has rightly pointed out the extraordinary increase in knowledge of the "new" pneumonia agents (2) after the identification of Legionella pneumophila. We have investigated the limulus gelation ability of many members of these "new" bacterial pathogens. In a preliminary approach (3) we have studied suspensions of nonviable, heat killed organisms (100°C for 60 minutes) including HEBA, WIGA, and TATLOCK agents (kindly provided by Dr. K. M. McKinney, Center for Disease Control, Atlanta), and atypical Legionella-like organisms (ALLO), namely ALLO1 (tentatively defined as WIGA), ALLO3 (designated LS 13), and ALLO4 (designated NY 23) (supplied by Dr.
FUMAROLA D, MIRAGLIOTTA G, MUNNO I. Endotoxin Activity Associated With "New" Pneumonia Agents. Ann Intern Med. 1980;93:645. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-4-645_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(4):645.
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