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Bacterial Capsules

"Bacterial Capsules" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

An envelope of loose gel surrounding a bacterial cell which is associated with the virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Some capsules have a well-defined border, whereas others form a slime layer that trails off into the medium. Most capsules consist of relatively simple polysaccharides but there are some bacteria whose capsules are made of polypeptides.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Bacterial Capsules" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Bacterial Capsules" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 175 publications over 30 distinct years, with a maximum of 12 publications in 2001
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