What Is a Glycocalyx?


Glycocalyx is the extracellular polymeric material produced by certain types of bacteria, epithelia and other cells. The slime on the outside of a fish is glycocalyx. The purpose of glycocalyx is that it cushions the plasma membrane and protects it from injury. Glycocalyx has the ability to fight infections and cancer. It is responsible for binding cells together so that the tissues don’t fall apart. It fights against inflammation as well.
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Glycocalyx is a general term that is used to refer to extracellular polymeric materials, which are produced by some bacteria and epithelia cells, for instance, the slime on the outside of a fish. Glycocalyx are also found on the apical section of microvilli within the digestive tract, particularly within the small intestine.
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The glycocalyx is the outer layer of a bacteria cell. It helps the cell "stick" to other cells and other objects, as well as retain water. Its a gelatinous sticky substance
Glycocalyx is a general term referring to extracellular polymeric material produced by some
A glycocalyx is a network of polysaccharides that project from cellular surfaces, e.g. those of bacteria. It serves to protect the bacterium or allows the bacterium to attach itself
The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://ccforum.com/content/12/4/167 Published: 15 July 2008 © 2008 BioMed Central Ltd Myocardial
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