Fig. 10: Capsules Blocking the
Unenhanced Attachment of Bacteria to Phagocytes
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.
Illustration of Capsules Blocking the
Unenhanced Attachment of Bacteria to Phagocytes.jpg by Gary E. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology,
The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
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Last updated: August, 2018
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