Rhodococcus equi: an emerging opportunistic pathogen.

  title={Rhodococcus equi: an emerging opportunistic pathogen.},
  author={David M Mosser and Mary K. Hondalus},
  journal={Trends in microbiology},
  volume={4 1},
Rhodococcus equi is emerging as a cause of pneumonia in immunocompromised people, especially those with AIDS. Like mycobacteria, R. equi is phagocytosed by alveolar macrophages and replicates within them. Recent work is beginning to elucidate the cell and molecular biology of this opportunistic pathogen and the host immune response to it.