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Transferrin and Lactoferrin – Human Iron Sources for Enterococci

To overcome limitations in iron acquisition, enterococci have evolved a number of mechanisms to scavenge iron from the host iron-binding proteins – transferrin (TR) and lactoferrin (LF). The aim of this study was to demonstrate the mechanisms by which enterococci utilize human TR and LF bound iron. The study included two strains of Enterococcus faecalis grown in iron-deficient and iron-excess media respectively. The binding activity of both proteins was monitored using proteins labelled

Paweł Lisiecki

Polish Journal of Microbiology, Volume 66 , ISSUE 4, 419–425

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