Identification of Surprisingly Diverse Type IV Pili, across a Broad Range of Gram-Positive Bacteria

@inproceedings{Imam2011IdentificationOS,
  title={Identification of Surprisingly Diverse Type IV Pili, across a Broad Range of Gram-Positive Bacteria},
  author={Saheed Imam and Zhongqiang Chen and David S. Roos and Mechthild Pohlschr{\"o}der},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
BACKGROUND In Gram-negative bacteria, type IV pili (TFP) have long been known to play important roles in such diverse biological phenomena as surface adhesion, motility, and DNA transfer, with significant consequences for pathogenicity. More recently it became apparent that Gram-positive bacteria also express type IV pili; however, little is known about the diversity and abundance of these structures in Gram-positives. Computational tools for automated identification of type IV pilins are not… CONTINUE READING