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adhesins

Definition:
Cell-surface components or appendages of bacteria that facilitate adhesion to other cells or to inanimate surfaces. Most fimbriae of gram-negative bacteria function as adhesins, but in many cases it is a minor subunit protein at the tip of the fimbriae that is the actual adhesin. In gram-positive bacteria, a protein or polysaccharide surface layer serves as the specific adhesin.
Concept Schemes:
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Entry Terms:
  • bacterial adhesins
URI:
https://lod.nal.usda.gov/nalt/4196
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