Major subunit protein of bacterial pili (fimbriae). Binds to fibronectin and statherin. Coded by Fim genes. In Porphyromonas (Bacteroides) gingivalis fimbrillins are around 43 kD; in E. coli around 17 kD. Important as virulence factors.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • statherin — A low molecular weight (5380 D, 43 amino acid residues) acidic tyrosine rich phosphoprotein secreted mainly by salivary glands. Binds fimbrillin …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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