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Trends Microbiol. 1994 Jun;2(6):209-12.

Adherence and accumulation of oral streptococci.

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Dept of Oral Biology and Oral Pathology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.


Oral streptococci adhere to human salivary components and coadhere with specific partner oral bacteria. These interactions may favour the ordered development of plaque communities. The primary sequences of several streptococcal polypeptide adhesins are conserved, indicating that similar colonization mechanisms may have evolved. Critical amino acid changes within binding domains of adhesins might account for species- and site-specific adherence and accumulation.

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