The kinetics of spore production by Clostridium difficile were not paralleled by release of C. difficile toxin A in vitro. Toxin A was not found to be associated with either purified whole spores or spore coats. Residual traces of toxin A detected in spore contents were almost certainly derived from contaminating vegetative cell debris. Thus, toxin A is unlikely to be a spore constituent or associated with sporogenesis.
- Bacterial Toxins
- Spores, Bacterial