Pivotal roles of the outer membrane polysaccharide export and polysaccharide copolymerase protein families in export of extracellular polysaccharides in gram-negative bacteria.

@article{Cuthbertson2009PivotalRO,
  title={Pivotal roles of the outer membrane polysaccharide export and polysaccharide copolymerase protein families in export of extracellular polysaccharides in gram-negative bacteria.},
  author={Leslie Cuthbertson and Iain L. Mainprize and James H. Naismith and Chris Whitfield},
  journal={Microbiology and molecular biology reviews : MMBR},
  year={2009},
  volume={73 1},
  pages={155-77}
}
Many bacteria export extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) and capsular polysaccharides (CPS). These polymers exhibit remarkably diverse structures and play important roles in the biology of free-living, commensal, and pathogenic bacteria. EPS and CPS production represents a major challenge because these high-molecular-weight hydrophilic polymers must be assembled and exported in a process spanning the envelope, without compromising the essential barrier properties of the envelope. Emerging… CONTINUE READING

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