Streptococcus pyogenes recruits collagen via surface-bound fibronectin: a novel colonization and immune evasion mechanism.

This study aimed to characterize matrix assembly mechanisms on the surface of the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes. Among 125 S. pyogenes isolates, 61% were able to recruit collagen type IV via surface-bound fibronectin. Streptococcus gordonii expressing the fibronectin-binding repeat domain of S. pyogenes SfbI protein was equally potent in recruiting… CONTINUE READING