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Immunology and Infection

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Introducing Shear Stress in the Study of Bacterial Adhesion
 

Introducing Shear Stress in the Study of Bacterial Adhesion

Article DOI: 10.3791/3241
September 2nd, 2011

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Summary September 2nd, 2011

During the infection process, a key step is the adhesion of pathogens with host cells. In most instances this adhesion step occurs in the presence of mechanical stress generated by flowing liquid. We describe a technique that introduces shear stress as an important parameter in the study of bacterial adhesion.

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