Ins and Outs of Microbial Adhesion

  • Mumtaz Virji
Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry book series (TOPCURRCHEM, volume 288)


Microbial adhesion is generally a complex process, involving multiple adhesins on a single microbe and their respective target receptors on host cells. In some situations, various adhesins of a microbe may co-operate in an apparently hierarchical and sequential manner whereby the first adhesive event triggers the target cell to express receptors for additional microbial adhesins. In other instances, adhesins may act in concert leading to high avidity interactions, often a prelude to cellular invasion and tissue penetration. Mechanisms used to target the host include both lectin-like interactions and protein–protein interactions; the latter are often highly specific for the host or a tissue within the host. This reflective chapter aims to offer a point of view on microbial adhesion by presenting some experiences and thoughts especially related to respiratory pathogens and explore if there can be any future hope of controlling bacterial infections via preventing adhesion or invasion stages of microbial pathogenesis.


Cerebral Malaria Bacterial Adhesion Moraxella Catarrhalis Cellular Invasion Microbial Adhesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine School of Medical SciencesUniversity of BristolUK

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