Genetics of acid adaptation in oral streptococci.

  title={Genetics of acid adaptation in oral streptococci.},
  author={Robert G Quivey and Wendi L Kuhnert and Kristina T Hahn},
  journal={Critical reviews in oral biology and medicine : an official publication of the American Association of Oral Biologists},
  volume={12 4},
A growing body of information has provided insights into the mechanisms by which the oral streptococci maintain their niches in the human mouth. In at least one case, Streptococcus mutans, the organism apparently uses a panel of proteins to survive in acidic conditions while it promotes the formation of dental caries. Oral streptococci, which are not as inherently resistant to acidification, use protective schemes to ameliorate acidic plaque pH values. Existing information clearly shows that… CONTINUE READING

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