The induction of meningeal inflammation by components of the pneumococcal cell wall.


Pneumococcal cell wall induces meningeal inflammation in rabbits injected intracisternally with greater than 10(5) cell equivalents. Both of the major cell wall components, teichoic acid and peptidoglycan, contribute to this inflammatory activity although responses differ depending on the chemical nature, size, and complexity of these fractions. Challenge… (More)