"Fimbriae, Bacterial" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus,
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Thin, hairlike appendages, 1 to 20 microns in length and often occurring in large numbers, present on the cells of gram-negative bacteria, particularly Enterobacteriaceae and Neisseria. Unlike flagella, they do not possess motility, but being protein (pilin) in nature, they possess antigenic and hemagglutinating properties. They are of medical importance because some fimbriae mediate the attachment of bacteria to cells via adhesins (ADHESINS, BACTERIAL). Bacterial fimbriae refer to common pili, to be distinguished from the preferred use of "pili", which is confined to sex pili (PILI, SEX).
- Fimbriae, Bacterial
- Fimbria, Bacterial
- Bacterial Fimbriae
- Pili, Common
- Common Fimbriae
- Fimbriae, Common
- Common Pilus
- Pilus, Common
- Common Pili
- Bacterial Fimbria
- Common Fimbria
- Fimbria, Common
- Bacterial Pilus
- Bacterial Pili
- Pili, Bacterial
- Pilus, Bacterial
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