Intermolecular forces and enthalpies in the adhesion of Streptococcus mutans and an antigen I/II-deficient mutant to laminin films.

@article{Busscher2007IntermolecularFA,
  title={Intermolecular forces and enthalpies in the adhesion of Streptococcus mutans and an antigen I/II-deficient mutant to laminin films.},
  author={Henk J. Busscher and Betsy van de Belt-Gritter and Ren{\'e} J B Dijkstra and Willem Norde and Fernanda C Petersen and Anne Aa Scheie and Henny C van der Mei},
  journal={Journal of bacteriology},
  year={2007},
  volume={189 8},
  pages={2988-95}
}
The antigen I/II family of surface proteins is expressed by most oral streptococci, including Streptococcus mutans, and mediates specific adhesion to, among other things, salivary films and extracellular matrix proteins. In this study we showed that antigen I/II-deficient S. mutans isogenic mutant IB03987 was nearly unable to adhere to laminin films under flow conditions due to a lack of specific interactions (0.8 x 10(6) and 1.1 x 10(6) cells cm(-2) at pH 5.8 and 6.8, respectively) compared… CONTINUE READING