External Prokaryotic Cell Walls - Fimbriae and Pili

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how are fimbriae and pili structured ?

thin straight, hair-like


what is pili composed of?



what is pillin ?

protein that makes up pili


Both Fimbriae and Pili are

more common in Gram - cells


how is a pilus and fimbria different in size?

Fimbra are shorter and smaller around, Pilus are longer, bigger around


How do fimbriae and pili differ on the amount on the cell?

There are many on the cell for fimbriae and a few on the cell for pili.


what is fimbriae mainly for?

mostly for attachment


what are pili maining for?

bacterial mating

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