Lectins and Lectin Receptors on β-Lactam Resistant and Susceptible PseudomonasAeruginosa Strains: Significance for Attachment and Intracellular Killing by Human PMN
Polymorphonuclear granulocytes (PMN) constantly come in contact with particles in a large number, but they attack and ingest only a few, because their plasma membrane bears structures that recognize specific molecules on the surface of the particles, and therefore, they are able to discriminate between ordered well known and disordered foreign structures (8). In recent years, evidence has been accumulated suggesting that sugar binding proteins, the lectins, being present on bacterial surfaces may serve as attachment moieties of certain pathogens to sugar residues on a variety of animal cells (3,6,10,13,14,17,18).
KeywordsNeisseria Gonorrhoeae Sugar Residue Cell Wall Composition Specific Sugar Intracellular Killing
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