Hard labour: bacterial infection of the skeleton.

  title={Hard labour: bacterial infection of the skeleton.},
  author={Brian Henderson and Sean P. Nair},
  journal={Trends in microbiology},
  volume={11 12},
The skeleton is the largest mammalian organ system, containing a myriad of blood vessels, tissue surfaces and bone cells for bacterial colonization. Although rock-like, the skeleton is a dynamic structure that is undergoing constant remodelling. This is the result of the opposing actions of two key cells: the osteoblast, which produces bone, and the osteoclast, a multinucleate cell that 'eats' bone. It is not generally realized that the most prevalent chronic bacterial diseases of Homo sapiens… CONTINUE READING

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