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General Microbiology 229
Homework – 10 pts
Cell Structure
Glycocalyx
Name:_____________________
What are the 2 forms it exists in and their characteristic:
1. In capsule form, it is well well-defined and firmly bound layer that is
attached to the cell surface. It is primarily composed of polysaccharide
molecules. They have a virulence factor and resistance to phagocytosis.
Capsules contain adherence properties and these aid in the colonization
process. In addition, they contain a uniform thickness that surrounds the
entire cell.
2. Slime layer. They are unorganized and loosely attached t …
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