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Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAK pili and Candida albicans fimbriae are adhesins present on the microbial cell surfaces which mediate binding to epithelial cell-surface receptors. The receptor-binding domain (adhesintope) of the PAK pilus adhesin has been shown previously to reside in the carboxy-terminal disulphide-bonded region of P. aeruginosa pilin (PAK128-144). The delineation of the C. albicans fimbrial adhesintope was investigated in these studies using synthetic peptides which correspond to the whole (PAK128-144) or part of (PAK134-140) adhesintope of the PAK pilus and their respective anti-peptide antisera and biotinylated PAK pili (Bt-PAK pili), fimbriae (Bt-fimbriae), P. aeruginosa whole cells (Bt-P. aeruginosa) and C. albicans whole cells (Bt-C. albicans). The results from these studies confirmed that a structurally conserved motif akin to the PAK(128-144) peptide sequence is present in C. albicans fimbrial adhesin and that the seven-amino-acid residue PAK(134-140) sequence plays an important role in forming the adhesintope for both P. aeruginosa PAK pilus and C. albicans fimbrial adhesins.