Novel interactions of glycosaminoglycans and bacterial glycolipids mediate binding of enterococci to human cells.

@article{Sava2009NovelIO,
  title={Novel interactions of glycosaminoglycans and bacterial glycolipids mediate binding of enterococci to human cells.},
  author={Irina G. Sava and Fuming Zhang and Ioana Toma and Christian Theilacker and Boyangzhi Li and Thomas F Baumert and Otto Holst and Robert J. Linhardt and Johannes Huebner},
  journal={The Journal of biological chemistry},
  year={2009},
  volume={284 27},
  pages={
          18194-201
        }
}
Enterococcus faecalis is among the most important nosocomial pathogens. The intestinal mucosa is considered to be the main site used by these bacteria for entrance and dissemination. A better understanding of the mechanisms involved in colonization and invasion of enterococci may help to devise methods to prevent infections in hospitalized patients. Glycosaminoglycans, which are present on the surface of all eukaryotic cells, were investigated with regard to their role as host receptors for… CONTINUE READING

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