Published in Aging and Elder Health Week, March 13th, 2005
"Bacterial adhesion to extracellular matrix proteins plays a major role in infections of host tissue and medical devices," scientists in Texas explained. "In some species of Gram-positive cocci, this adhesion is mediated by specific molecules present on the bacterial cell surface."
In a recent study, K.H. Simpson and coauthors at Rice University "used optical tweezers to dynamically measure the adhesive force between an individual" S. aureus bacterium "and a fibronectin-coated surface."
"A bacterium was optically trapped and brought in...
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