Table 2.

Nature of the receptors of the vaginal epithelial cells for the Lactobacillus strains

Vaginal cell treatmentNo. of adherent cells (mean ± SD) of:
L. acidophilusL. gasseriL. jensenii
None (control)46.1 ± 13.738.6 ± 15.424.3 ± 12.5
Proteinase K (1 mg/ml)39.3 ± 15.05a 24.8 ± 13.6b 30.7 ± 9.4c
Lipase (1 mg/ml)1.6 ± 1.4a 5.9 ± 5.5b 5 ± 1.7c
Sodium metaperiodate (10 mg/ml)1.1 ± 0.9a 10.7 ± 6.7b 2.9 ± 2.5c
  • a P < 0.01 compared with theL. acidophilus control.

  • b P < 0.001 compared with the L. gasseri control.

  • c P < 0.05 compared with the L. jensenii control.