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Appendage-Mediated Surface Adherence of "Sulfolobus solfataricus"

Zolghadr, Behnam ; Klingl, Andreas ; Koerdt, Andrea ; Driessen, Arnold J. M. ; Rachel, Reinhard ; Albers, Sonja-Verena
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 01 Jul 2011 07:50


Abstract

Attachment of microorganisms to surfaces is a prerequisite for colonization and biofilm formation. The hyperthermophilic crenarchaeote Sulfolobus solfataricus was able to attach to a variety of surfaces, such as glass, mica, pyrite, and carbon-coated gold grids. Deletion mutant analysis showed that for initial attachment the presence of flagella and pili is essential. Attached cells produced ...

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