Mycoplasma pneumoniae cytadherence: unravelling the tie that binds.

  title={Mycoplasma pneumoniae cytadherence: unravelling the tie that binds.},
  author={Duncan C Krause},
  journal={Molecular microbiology},
  volume={20 2},
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is the leading cause of pneumonia in older children and young adults. Mycoplasma adherence to the respiratory epithelium (cytadherence) is required for colonization and pathogenesis. Although considered to be among the smallest and simplest known prokaryotes, this cell-wall-less bacterium possesses a highly differentiated terminal structure that is thought to be functional in mycoplasma cell division, gliding motility, and cytadherence. Mutant analysis has identified… CONTINUE READING

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