1998
DOI: 10.1016/s0006-3495(98)77821-x View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: P-pili on uropathogenic bacteria are 68-A-diameter rods typically 1 microm in length. These structures project from the outer membrane of Escherichia coli, and contain on their distal tip a thin fibrillum, 25 A in diameter and 150 A long, displaying an adhesin protein responsible for the binding of the bacterium to the surface of epithelial cells lining the urinary tract. Operationally, it is possible to identify three morphologically distinct states of the 68-A-diameter P-pili rods, based on the degree of cur… Show more

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