The sweet connection: Solving the riddle of multiple sugar-binding fimbrial adhesins in Escherichia coli: Multiple E. coli fimbriae form a versatile arsenal of sugar-binding lectins potentially involved in surface-colonisation and tissue tropism.

@article{Korea2011TheSC,
  title={The sweet connection: Solving the riddle of multiple sugar-binding fimbrial adhesins in Escherichia coli: Multiple E. coli fimbriae form a versatile arsenal of sugar-binding lectins potentially involved in surface-colonisation and tissue tropism.},
  author={Charalampia-Georgia Korea and Jean-Marc Ghigo and Christophe Beloin},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={33 4},
  pages={300-11}
}
Proteinaceous stalks produced by Gram-negative bacteria are often used to adhere to environmental surfaces. Among them, chaperone-usher (CU) fimbriae adhesins, related to prototypical type 1 fimbriae, interact in highly specific ways with different ligands at different stages of bacterial infection or surface colonisation. Recent analyses revealed a large number of potential and often "cryptic" CU fimbriae homologues in the genome of commensal and pathogenic Escherichia coli and closely related… CONTINUE READING