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Neisseria gonorrhoeae diplococci

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Type IV pilus filaments on Gram-negative bacterial pathogens control movement, attachment, immune escape, and natural transformation. Pili are attractive targets for vaccines and therapeutics because of the key role they play in bacterial virulence as well as their prominent cell surface exposure, as shown in this scanning electron micrograph of Neisseria gonorrhoeae diplococci.

Credit: Charles Brinton

 
 

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