Fig. 14: Capsules Blocking the
Unenhanced Attachment of Bacteria to Phagocytes
known as 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.
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