Salivary mucins protect surfaces from colonization by cariogenic bacteria

ES Frenkel, K Ribbeck - Applied and environmental microbiology, 2015 - Am Soc Microbiol
ABSTRACT Understanding how the body's natural defenses function to protect the oral
cavity from the myriad of bacteria that colonize its surfaces is an ongoing topic of research
that can lead to breakthroughs in treatment and prevention. One key defense mechanism on
all moist epithelial linings, such as the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and lungs, is a layer of
thick, well-hydrated mucus. The main gel-forming components of mucus are mucins, large ...