Expression of two distinct types of pili by a hospital-acquired Enterococcus faecium isolate.

  title={Expression of two distinct types of pili by a hospital-acquired Enterococcus faecium isolate.},
  author={Antoni P A Hendrickx and Marc Bonten and Miranda van Luit-Asbroek and Claudia M. E. Schapendonk and Angela H M Kragten and Rob J. L. Willems},
  volume={154 Pt 10},
Surface filamentous structures designated pili, and implicated in virulence, have been found on the surfaces of several Gram-positive pathogens. This work describes the conditional expression of two phenotypically distinct pilus-like structures, designated PilA and PilB, on the surface of a hospital-adapted Enterococcus faecium bloodstream isolate. E. faecium is an emerging Gram-positive opportunistic pathogen that can cause severe disease, particularly in immunocompromised patients. Expression… CONTINUE READING
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