Models for studying the role of bacterial attachment in virulence and pathogenesis.

@article{Freter1983ModelsFS,
  title={Models for studying the role of bacterial attachment in virulence and pathogenesis.},
  author={Rolf Freter and Gareth Wyn Jones},
  journal={Reviews of infectious diseases},
  year={1983},
  volume={5 Suppl 4},
  pages={S647-58}
}
Simple in vitro tests for bacterial adhesion can indeed identify the various adhesive mechanisms of bacteria on an immunologic, physiochemical, biochemical, and genetic basis. Difficulties in interpretation arise, however, when attempts are made to relate the presence of a given adhesion to the colonizing ability or virulence of a bacterium. The reasons for this confusion are threefold: (1) there is more than one basic mechanism by which bacteria may associate with mucosae; (2) numerous… CONTINUE READING