Role of lung epithelial cells in defense against Klebsiella pneumoniae pneumonia.

@article{Corts2002RoleOL,
  title={Role of lung epithelial cells in defense against Klebsiella pneumoniae pneumonia.},
  author={Guadalupe Cort{\'e}s and Dolores Fuentes {\'A}lvarez and Carles Saus and Sebastian Fernandez Alberti},
  journal={Infection and immunity},
  year={2002},
  volume={70 3},
  pages={1075-80}
}
The airway epithelium represents a primary site for the entry of pathogenic bacteria into the lungs. It has been suggested for many respiratory pathogens, including Klebsiella pneumoniae, that adhesion and invasion of the lung epithelial cells is an early stage of the pneumonia process. We observed that poorly encapsulated K. pneumoniae clinical isolates and an isogenic unencapsulated mutant invaded lung epithelial cells more efficiently than highly encapsulated strains independent of the K… CONTINUE READING

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