Common components in the assembly of type 4 fimbriae, DNA transfer systems, filamentous phage and protein-secretion apparatus: a general system for the formation of surface-associated protein complexes.

@article{Hobbs1993CommonCI,
  title={Common components in the assembly of type 4 fimbriae, DNA transfer systems, filamentous phage and protein-secretion apparatus: a general system for the formation of surface-associated protein complexes.},
  author={Marcia C Hobbs and John S. Mattick},
  journal={Molecular microbiology},
  year={1993},
  volume={10 2},
  pages={233-43}
}
The Pseudomonas aeruginosa genes pilB-D and pilQ are necessary for the assembly of type 4 fimbriae. Homologues of these genes and of the subunit (pilin) gene have been described in various different bacterial species, but not always in association with type 4 fimbrial biosynthesis and function. Pil-like proteins are also involved in protein secretion, DNA transfer by conjugation and transformation, and morphogensis of filamentous bacteriophages. It seems likely that the Pil homologues function… CONTINUE READING
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