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Molecules, Volume 23, Issue 9 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Biofilm development by probiotics, such as Lactobacilli, promote their colonization in the mucosa [...] Read more. Biofilm development by probiotics, such as Lactobacilli, promote their colonization in the mucosa of the host, reinforcing the mechanism of the competitive exclusion of pathogens. Lactobacillus plantarum is one of the most predominant species in healthy human microbiota. We characterized the structural features of FlmC, a L. plantarum protein involved in biofilm development. The results, which also revealed the presence of a bound lipid molecule and of a Mg(II) ion, suggest that FlmC belongs to the LytR-CpsA-Psr family whose members are involved in cell-wall maintenance. View this paper.