Apoptosis-inducing factor mediates microglial and neuronal apoptosis caused by pneumococcus.

Streptococcus pneumoniae is the major cause of bacterial meningitis and it damages the hippocampus by inducing neuronal apoptosis. The blocking of caspases provides only partial protection in experimental meningitis, which suggests that there is an additional apoptotic pathway. A trigger of this pathway is the bacterium itself, as exposure of microglia or… CONTINUE READING