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Many microbes have the ability to reduce transition metals, coupling this reduction to the oxidation of energy sources in a dissimilatory fashion. Because of their abundance, iron and manganese have been extensively studied, and it is well established that reduction of Mn and Fe account for significant turnover of organic carbon in many environments. In(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection is preceded by selective adhesion of the bacteria to the host target cells via diverse adhesins, including lectins. This step enables maximal damage to the target host cells by the bacterially secreted injurious toxins and enzymes. The production of both lectins and many of the virulence factors is positively controlled by(More)
The effects of PA-I lectin isolated from the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa upon cellular metabolism in vivo have been studied using the rat gut as a model system. Orally ingested PA-I lectin stimulated metabolic activity and induced polyamine accumulation and growth in the small intestine, caecum and colon. The nature and extent of the changes(More)
The D-galactose-binding lectin (PA-I) from the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, isolated by affinity chromatography on Sepharose, was examined for its relative affinities for simple sugars and their derivatives using equilibrium dialysis and hemagglutination inhibition tests. The lectin, which was found to bind 0.68 mol of D-galactose per subunit of 12.8(More)
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