The genetics of Neisseria species.

  title={The genetics of Neisseria species.},
  author={Ella R Rotman and H Steven Seifert},
  journal={Annual review of genetics},
Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidis are closely related organisms that cause the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea and serious bacterial meningitis and septicemia, respectively. Both species possess multiple mechanisms to alter the expression of surface-exposed proteins through the processes of phase and antigenic variation. This potential for wide variability in surface-exposed structures allows the organisms to always have subpopulations of divergent antigenic types to… CONTINUE READING