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.

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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