Fimbrial expression in enteric bacteria: a critical step in intestinal pathogenesis

Trends Microbiol. 1998 Jul;6(7):282-7. doi: 10.1016/s0966-842x(98)01288-8.


The ability of species of enteric bacteria to recognize and colonize unique niches along the intestine is mainly based on receptor distribution and interpretation of a combination of environmental signals leading to the expression of specific adherence factors. Such elaborate orchestration of events is critical during the initial steps of pathogenesis.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Adhesion
  • Enterobacteriaceae / pathogenicity*
  • Fimbriae, Bacterial / physiology*
  • Intestines / microbiology