CD14 plays no major role in shock induced by Staphylococcus aureus but down-regulates TNF-alpha production.

Recent in vitro studies have suggested that CD14, a major receptor for LPS, may also be a receptor for cell wall components of Gram-positive bacteria and thus play a role in Gram-positive shock. To analyze the in vivo role of CD14 in responses to Gram-positive bacteria, CD14-deficient and control mice were injected with Staphylococcus aureus, and the… CONTINUE READING