Pathogenic bacteria colonizing the airways in asymptomatic neonates stimulates topical inflammatory mediator release.

RATIONALE Bacterial colonization of neonatal airways with the pathogenic bacterial species, Moraxella catarrhalis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Haemophilus influenzae, is associated with later development of childhood asthma. OBJECTIVES To study a possible association between colonization with pathogenic bacterial strains and the immune signature of the… CONTINUE READING