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Cellular and molecular mechanisms of internalization of mycobacteria by host cells

Authors
Publisher
Elsevier SAS
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1286-4579(00)01355-1
Keywords
  • Mycobacteria
  • Invasion
  • Host Cells
  • Mucosa
  • Macrophage
  • Schwann Cell

Abstract

Abstract Mycobacteria are intracellular pathogens capable of invading mononuclear phagocytes, mucosal epithelial cells (including M cells) and Schwann cells. To enter cells, mycobacteria have been shown to interact with several molecules on macrophage and epithelial cell surfaces. This suggests adaptation to the host environment. In this review we address the strategies used by pathogenic mycobacteria to gain access to the intracellular environment.

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