Fig. 10: Capsules Blocking the Unenhanced Attachment of Bacteria to Phagocytes

Glycoprotein molecules known as endocytic pattern-recognition receptors are found on the surface of phagocytes. They are so named because they recognize and bind to pathogen-associated molecular patterns - components of common molecules such as peptidoglycan, teichoic acids, lipopolysaccharide, mannans, and glucans - found in many microorganisms. Capsules can cover up these surface molecules preventing their attachment to the endocytic pattern-recognition sites on the phagocyte.

Doc Kaiser's Microbiology Home Page
Copyright © Gary E. Kaiser
All Rights Reserved
Updated: Oct. 2, 2001
Please send comments and inquiries to Dr. Gary Kaiser