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a bacterial protein that mediates attachment to a host molecule, whether that molecule is on the surface of the host cell, in the extracellular matrix, or is a soluble protein.
Borrelia burgdorferi uses a large and diverse set of adhesins, several of which have been experimentally shown to contribute to the ability of the bacterium to cause infection and disease in mice.
by Ph.D. March 10, 2015
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