Caister Academic Press

Polysaccharides of Gram-negative Periodontopathic Bacteria

Ryoma Nakao
from: Bacterial Polysaccharides: Current Innovations and Future Trends (Edited by: Matthias Ullrich). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2009)

Abstract

Periodontitis is caused by periodontal biofilms, complex communities of microorganisms, and is one of the most common oral diseases of adults. In this chapter, recent reports concerning lipopolysaccharides, capusular polysaccharides, and glycoproteins of periodontopathic bacteria, mainly Porphyromonas gingivalis, are reviewed in the context of the their particular roles in attachment and biofilm formation. Understanding these roles of the bacterial polysaccharides provides helpful insights in bacteria-bacteria and bacteria-host interactions, which are crucial for the progress of periodontitis read more ...
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