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GLYCOCALYX [1 record]

Record 1 2010-08-27


Subject field(s)
  • Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Biochemistry
  • Animal Anatomy

They do so by means of a mass of tangled fibers of polysaccharides ... that ... form a feltlike "glycocalyx" surrounding an individual cell or a colony of cells. The adhesion mediated by the glycocalyx determines particular locations of bacteria in most natural environments; more specifically it is a major determinant in the initiation and progression of bacterial diseases ranging from dental caries to pneumonia.


  • Microbiologie et parasitologie
  • Biochimie
  • Anatomie animale

Couche formée par les polysaccharides de surface des cellules; peut servir de point d'attache entre une bactérie et son hôte.


Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Microbiología y parasitología
  • Bioquímica
  • Anatomía animal

Es frecuente que las células eucariotas presenten asociada a la parte exterior de la membrana plasmática una capa denominada glicocáliz que está compuesta por cadenas de glúcidos unidas a las proteínas de membrana, a los fosfolípidos de la cara externa, o bien a ambos.

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