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Mandlik, Anjali; Swierczynski, Arlene; Das, Asis; Ton-That, Hung (2008)
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Article

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mesheuropmc: biochemical phenomena, metabolism, and nutrition
Identifiers:pmc:PMC2841691
Various cell-surface multisubunit protein polymers, known as pili or fimbriae, have a pivotal role in the colonization of specific host tissues by many pathogenic bacteria. In contrast to Gram-negative bacteria, Gram-positive bacteria assemble pili by a distinct mechanism involving a transpeptidase called sortase. Sortase crosslinks individual pilin monomers and ultimately joins the resulting covalent polymer to the cell-wall peptidoglycan. Here we review current knowledge of this mechanism and the roles of Gram-positive pili in the colonization of specific host tissues, modulation of host immune responses and the development of bacterial biofilms.
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