Role of sucrose in the fitness of Streptococcus mutans.

  title={Role of sucrose in the fitness of Streptococcus mutans.},
  author={Jens Kreth and Linghui Zhu and Justin Merritt and Wenyuan Shi and Fengxia Qi},
  journal={Oral microbiology and immunology},
  volume={23 3},
INTRODUCTION Dental caries has been closely linked to fermentable carbohydrates as key environmental factors. Sucrose has been identified as the most cariogenic carbohydrate. Streptococcus mutans, considered to be the primary pathogen causing dental caries, is able to utilize sucrose as a nutrient source, partially for the production of intracellular storage components and for the production of extracellular glucans via the glucosyltransferases GtfB, GtfC, and GtfD. The following study explores… CONTINUE READING