Pro-inflammatory cytokines can act as intracellular modulators of commensal bacterial virulence

Abstract

Interactions between commensal pathogens and hosts are critical for disease development but the underlying mechanisms for switching between the commensal and virulent states are unknown. We show that the human pathogen Neisseria meningitidis, the leading cause of pyogenic meningitis, can modulate gene expression via uptake of host pro-inflammatory cytokines… (More)
DOI: 10.1098/rsob.130048

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