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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a long, thin, straight appendage of hydrophobic protein present in large numbers, sometimes as many as several thousand, on the cell surface of gram-negative bacteria. A fimbria measures as much as 12 micrometers in length and less than 100 angstroms in width. It is much finer and shorter than a flagellum. Male bacterial cells (donors) may have one to three sex fimbriae, or pili, that attach themselves to female cells (recipients) to form hollow bridges through which DNA may be transferred during bacterial conjugation. Fimbriae may be found in both motile and nonmotile bacteria. They usually originate from the basal granule in the cytoplasmatic membrane and pass to the exterior through the cell wall. Fimbriae enable a bacterial cell to adhere indiscriminately to solid surfaces of cells and tissues.


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Sablefish or blackcod, Anoplopoma fimbria, a marine species of the shelf and slope of the North Pacific Ocean, are found in commercial quantities from northern Mexico to Alaska and as far west as eastern Siberia (Kimura et al., 1998; Low et al.
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Aunque las causas de este fenomeno se deben determinar, varios autores proponen que la presencia de glucosa en los medios de cultivo provoca la represion catabolica de la expresion de la fimbria K99 en algunas cepas de ECET F5+ (Girardeau et al., 1982b; Isaacson et al., 1983).