Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, October 14th, 2003
"The persistence of tuberculosis within pulmonary granulomatous lesions is a complex phenomenon, with bacterial survival occurring in a focal region of high immune activity," scientists in the United States noted.
"In part, the survival of the organism may be linked to the ability of the surface glycolipid trehalose 6,6'-dimycolate (TDM; cord factor) to inhibit fusion events between phospholipid vesicles inside the host macrophage," explained J. Indrigo and colleagues at the University of Texas. "At the same time, TDM contributes to macrophage activation and a...
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