Curli fimbriae are conditionally required in Escherichia coli O157:H7 for initial attachment and biofilm formation.

@article{Carter2016CurliFA,
  title={Curli fimbriae are conditionally required in Escherichia coli O157:H7 for initial attachment and biofilm formation.},
  author={Michelle Qiu Carter and Jacqueline W. Louie and Doris Feng and Wayne W Zhong and Maria T. Brandl},
  journal={Food microbiology},
  year={2016},
  volume={57},
  pages={
          81-9
        }
}
Several species of enteric pathogens produce curli fimbriae, which may affect their interaction with surfaces and other microbes in nonhost environments. Here we used two Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak strains with distinct genotypes to understand the role of curli in surface attachment and biofilm formation in several systems relevant to fresh produce production and processing. Curli significantly enhanced the initial attachment of E. coli O157:H7 to spinach leaves and stainless steel… CONTINUE READING

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