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Topics in Clinical Microbiology: Microbial Adherence and Infection—Clinical Relevance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Marlene Fishman
St. Joseph Hospital, Providence/No. Providence, Rhode Island


Adherence mechanisms have been described for some microbes, often in direct association with onset of infection. In other cases, the evidence is vague. This article will summarize modes of attachment, and will focus on each anatomical tract in an effort to outline the relationship between microbial adherence, host cells, foreign bodies, and infection.

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