Adhesion to Animal Surfaces

  • G. W. Jones
Part of the Life Sciences Research Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 31)


Bacterial adhesins are most commonly proteinaceous in nature, although there is evidence that lipoteichoic acids (LTA) can function as the adhesin of Streptococcus pyogenes and that the deposition of insoluble polysaccharides facilitates the accumulation of Streptococcus mutans on the tooth surface. The specificity of attachment to the animal cell appears to result from the binding of proteinaceous adhesins to carbohydrate receptors of the animal cell glycoconjugates, or perhaps from unique hydrophobic interactions between the acyl groups of LTA and particular hydrophobic domains of the surface. The filamentous form and reduced negative charge of the adhesive appendage probably allows attachment to occur when the distances of separation between the bacterium and the animal cell surface is such that the mutual repulsion between the surfaces is minimized.


Streptococcus Mutans Lipoteichoic Acid Bacterial Attachment Adhesive Activity Microbial Adhesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. W. Jones
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  1. 1.Dept. of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA

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