Mannose Adhesin—Glycan Interactions in the Euprymna ScolopesVibrio Fischeri Symbiosis

  • M. McFall-Ngai
  • C. Brennan
  • V. Weis
  • L. Lamarcq


The recognition of and adherence to animal epithelia by bacteria is often mediated by bacterial surface lectins, called adhesins, that bind to sugars on the brush borders of host cells (Giampapa et al., 1987; Abraham et al., 1988; Sharon et al.,1989). We report here results of experiments that provide evidence for the role of adhesin-glycan interactions in the initiation of the model symbiosis (Ruby, 1996) between the sepiolid squid Euprymna scolopes and its light organ symbiont Vibrio fischeri.


Light Organ Colonization Level Colonization Experiment Host Epithelial Cell Sugar Analog 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. McFall-Ngai
    • 4
  • C. Brennan
    • 3
  • V. Weis
    • 2
  • L. Lamarcq
    • 1
  1. 1.Pacific Biomedical Research CenterUniversity of HawaiiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Zoology Oregon StateUniversity CorvallisCorvallisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.PBRCU of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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