Mycoplasma pneumoniae cytadherence: organization and assembly of the attachment organelle

Trends Microbiol. 1998 Jan;6(1):15-8. doi: 10.1016/S0966-842X(97)01168-2.


Mycoplasma pneumoniae has no cell wall but possesses a complex terminal structure that is required for polar localization of adhesins and is thought to participate in cell division. Several protein components of this structure have been identified by analysis of non-cytadhering mutants. Genetic manipulation of mycoplasmas now allows elucidation of the assembly and regulation of the terminal organelle.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Bacterial Adhesion*
  • Bacterial Proteins / analysis
  • Bacterial Proteins / physiology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial
  • Genome, Bacterial
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae / genetics
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae / physiology
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae / ultrastructure*
  • Organelles / chemistry
  • Organelles / genetics
  • Organelles / ultrastructure*


  • Bacterial Proteins