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    Pilus biogenesis at the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacterial pathogens

    Allen, William J. and Phan, Gilles and Waksman, Gabriel (2012) Pilus biogenesis at the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. Current Opinion in Structural Biology 22 (4), pp. 500-506. ISSN 0959-440X.

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    Pili belong to a broad class of bacterial surface structures that play a key role in infection and pathogenicity. The largest and best characterised pilus biogenesis system — the chaperone–usher pathway — is particularly remarkable in its ability to synthesise and display highly organised structures at the outer membrane without any input from endogenous energy sources. The past few years have heralded exciting new developments in our understanding of the structural biology and mechanism of pilus assembly, which are discussed in this review. Such knowledge will be particularly important in the future, as we approach an era of widespread resistance to common antibiotics and require new targets.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Structural Molecular Biology, Institute of (ISMB)
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    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 14:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:57


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