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The Mth60 fimbriae of Methanothermobacter thermoautotrophicus are functional adhesins

Thoma, Christine ; Frank, Monika ; Rachel, Reinhard ; Schmid, Silvia ; Näther, Daniela ; Wanner, Gerhard ; Wirth, Reinhard


The ability to adhere onto surfaces is of very high importance for microorganisms, enabling them to stay in a favourable habitat for life. In the case of Bacteria cell surface organelles called fimbriae/pili have been shown to be used for adhesion; corresponding cell surface appendages of Archaea have not yet been defined. The first detailed characterization of archaeal fimbriae, namely those of ...


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