Sugar on bacteria surface weaves a web of resistance

May 28, 2010
Daniel Wozniak

Daniel Wozniak and colleagues have determined that the bacterial cell-surface sugar, a polysaccharide called Psl, is anchored on the surface of the bacterium as a helix, providing a structure that encourages cell-to-cell interaction. When multiple bacterial cells join together with the help of such a structure, they form what is called a biofilm, a persistent community of bugs that is able to resist the effects of a human immune response, as well as antibiotic drugs. Read entire article.