Pilin refers to a class of fibrous proteins that are found in pilus structures in bacteria. Bacterial pili are used in the exchange of genetic material during bacterial conjugation, and a short pilus called a fimbrium is used as a cell adhesion mechanism. Although not all bacteria have pili or fimbriae, bacterial pathogens often use their fimbriae
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(1) General term for the protein subunit of pilus. (2) Protein subunit (7.2 kD) of F-pili, sex pili coded for by the F-plasmid.
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1. General term for the protein subunit of pilus. ... 2. Protein subunit (7.2 kD) of f pili, sex pili coded for by the F plasmid. ... (18 Nov 1997) ...
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Type: Term Pronunciation: pi′lin Definitions: 1. The protein component of bacterial adhesive appendages that help the bacterium to stick to tissue or container surfaces, often the glycoproteins on the surface of eukaryotic cells.
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