BgaA acts as an adhesin to mediate attachment of some pneumococcal strains to human epithelial cells

@inproceedings{Limoli2011BgaAAA,
  title={BgaA acts as an adhesin to mediate attachment of some pneumococcal strains to human epithelial cells},
  author={Dominique H. Limoli and Julie A. Sladek and Lindsey A. Fuller and Anirudh K. Singh and Samantha J King},
  booktitle={Microbiology},
  year={2011}
}
Streptococcus pneumoniae colonization of the respiratory tract is an essential precursor for pneumococcal disease. To colonize efficiently, bacteria must adhere to the epithelial-cell surface. S. pneumoniae possesses surface-associated exoglycosidases that are capable of sequentially deglycosylating human glycans. Two exoglycosidases, neuraminidase (NanA) and β-galactosidase (BgaA), have previously been shown to contribute to S. pneumoniae adherence to human epithelial cells, as deletion of… CONTINUE READING
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