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Bacterial Flagellar Glycosylation Systems: Opportunities and Applications

Susan M. Twine and Susan M. Logan
from: Bacterial Glycomics: Current Research, Technology and Applications (Edited by: Christopher W. Reid, Susan M. Twine, and Anne N. Reid). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2012)


The biosynthesis and assembly of the flagellar apparatus has been the subject of extensive studies over many decades. More recently, glycosylation of the major structural protein, the flagellin, has been shown to be an important component of numerous flagellar systems in both Archaea and Bacteria, playing either an integral role in assembly and for a number of bacterial pathogens a role in virulence. Increasingly, it is apparent that bacteria elaborate a structurally diverse array of flagellin-modifying glycans. This chapter focuses firstly upon reviewing recent research on the structural diversity in Gram-positive and Gram-negative flagellar glycosylation systems. In the second part, the ways in which flagellin glycosylation and associated biosynthetic pathways can be exploited are discussed read more ...
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