Both man and monkey possess urothelial (transitional cell) receptors for P‐fimbriae of Escherichia coli; however, the male urethra has pseudostratified columnar cells. We studied adherence using scanning electron microscopy and found that P‐fimbriae were the principal mediators of adherence to these cells as well. The monkey, therefore, should be a good model for the study of the ascending route of infection in prostatitis, the route thought to occur in man.
- E. coli
- male urethra
- pseudostratified columnar cells
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