The role of transformation in the variability of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae cell surface.

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This review discusses the genetic basis for surface changes in Neisseria gonorrhoeae and the role of specific transformation reactions in producing them. Variation in the structure of pilin, the subunit of gonococcal pili, occurs by transformation-mediated recombination of DNA segments in storage loci with the expression locus. These pilin loci have low… (More)

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