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Biological Role of Legionella Pneumophila lipopolysaccharide

Volume 4 - Issue 1

Marta Palusińska-Szysz*1, Agata Wołczańska2 and Elżbieta Chmiel1

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    • 1Department of Genetics and Microbiology, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland
    • 2Department of Botany and Mycology, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland

    *Corresponding author:Marta Palusinska Szysz, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Department of Genetics and Microbiology, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Akademicka 19 St., 20-033 Lublin, Poland

Received: April 16, 2018;   Published: April 26, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.04.001003

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The lipopolysaccharide (LPS) localized in the outer membrane is the predominant molecule on the cell surface of Legionella pneumophila bacteria which contributes to the cell surface properties in an exceptionally important way. The chemical structure of L. pneumophila LPS is different from that of the endotoxins of other Gram-negative bacteria, despite the similar structure. Due to its complex structure and function as well as immunochemical and antigen variability, the L. pneumophila LPS plays an important role in the interaction with the host cell.

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