Critical Streptococcus suis Virulence Factors: Are They All Really Critical?

  title={Critical Streptococcus suis Virulence Factors: Are They All Really Critical?},
  author={M. Garcia Segura and Nahuel Fittipaldi and Cynthia Calzas and Marcelo Gottschalk},
  journal={Trends in microbiology},
  volume={25 7},
Streptococcus suis is an important swine pathogen that can be transmitted to humans by contact with diseased animals or contaminated raw pork products. This pathogen possesses a coat of capsular polysaccharide (CPS) that confers protection against the immune system. Yet, the CPS is not the only virulence factor enabling this bacterium to successfully colonize, invade, and disseminate in its host leading to severe systemic diseases such as meningitis and toxic shock-like syndrome. Indeed, recent… CONTINUE READING
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