Pilus

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A Pilus is a hair-like projection from a bacterial cell that allow the cell to adhere to surfaces or other bacterial cells to form a microcolony. The pilus also acts as a source of communication between cells and as a defense mechanism from host defences.

An example of a bacteria with a pilus is Vibrio cholerea[1]. 

Refrences

  1. Craig L., Taylor R.K. (2014) The Vibrio Cholerea Toxin Coregulated Pilus: Structure, Assembly and Function with Implications for Vaccine Design. In: Barocchi M.A., Telford J.L. (eds.). Bacterial Pili: Structure, Synthesis and Role in Disease. Wallingford Oxfordshire: CAB International

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