Supramolecular Organization of the Repetitive Backbone Unit of the Streptococcus pneumoniae Pilus

Abstract

Streptococcus pneumoniae, like many other Gram-positive bacteria, assembles long filamentous pili on their surface through which they adhere to host cells. Pneumococcal pili are formed by a backbone, consisting of the repetition of the major component RrgB, and two accessory proteins (RrgA and RrgC). Here we reconstruct by transmission electron microscopy… (More)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010919

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