Figure 79

Schematic representation of morphology and composition of type P and type 1 adhesive structures. Bacterial adhesins are paramount in fostering attachment of the bacteria to the mucous membranes of the perineum and of the urothelium. There are several molecular forms of adhesins. The most studied is the pap G adhesin, which is located at the tip of the bacterial fimbriae (or pili). This lectin recognizes binding site conformations provided by oligosaccharide sequences present on the mucosal surface [8].

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