Virulence factors of Enterococcus faecalis: relationship to endodontic disease.

  title={Virulence factors of Enterococcus faecalis: relationship to endodontic disease.},
  author={G{\"u}ven Kayaoglu and Dag \Orstavik},
  journal={Critical reviews in oral biology and medicine : an official publication of the American Association of Oral Biologists},
  volume={15 5},
Enterococcus faecalis is a micro-organism that can survive extreme challenges. Its pathogenicity ranges from life-threatening diseases in compromised individuals to less severe conditions, such as infection of obturated root canals with chronic apical periodontitis. In the latter situation, the infecting organisms are partly shielded from the defense mechanisms of the body. In this article, we review the virulence factors of E. faecalis that may be related to endodontic infection and the… CONTINUE READING


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