Unified Theory of Bacterial Sialometabolism: How and Why Bacteria Metabolize Host Sialic Acids

@inproceedings{Vimr2013UnifiedTO,
  title={Unified Theory of Bacterial Sialometabolism: How and Why Bacteria Metabolize Host Sialic Acids},
  author={Eric R. Vimr},
  booktitle={ISRN microbiology},
  year={2013}
}
Sialic acids are structurally diverse nine-carbon ketosugars found mostly in humans and other animals as the terminal units on carbohydrate chains linked to proteins or lipids. The sialic acids function in cell-cell and cell-molecule interactions necessary for organismic development and homeostasis. They not only pose a barrier to microorganisms inhabiting or invading an animal mucosal surface, but also present a source of potential carbon, nitrogen, and cell wall metabolites necessary for… CONTINUE READING