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Res Microbiol. 2006 Jun;157(5):407-16. Epub 2006 Feb 20.

Adhesion mediated by autotransporters of Gram-negative bacteria: structural and functional features.

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Department of Pathology and Microbiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, 3200 Sicotte, Saint Hyacinthe, QC, J2S 7C6, Canada.

Abstract

The ability of bacterial proteins to promote adhesion to biological surfaces is a fundamental step in bacterial infections. Some bacterial adhesins belong to the family of autotransporters, which are secreted to the surface of Gram-negative bacteria by an elegantly simple mechanism. This review will summarize their functional and structural features.

PMID:
16725315
DOI:
10.1016/j.resmic.2006.02.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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