Virulence factors of uropathogenic Escherichia coli

L. Emody, M. Kerényi, G. Nagy

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Virulence factors of Escherichia coli are of two main types; those produced on the surface of the cell and those produced within the cell and then exported to the site of action. Those on the surface include different sorts of fimbriae that have a role in adhesion to the surface of host cells but may also have additional roles such as tissue invasion, biofilm formation or cytokine induction. The activities of cell wall components are discussed and several exported virulence factors are described that have anti host cell activities. Others virulence factors enable the bacteria to grow in an environment of iron restriction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S29-S33
JournalInternational Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2003


  • Adhesion
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Fimbriae
  • Virulence factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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