Journal article

The Molecular Basis of Leptospiral Pathogenesis

Gerald L Murray, B Adler (ed.)

Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology | SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN | Published : 2015


The mechanisms of disease pathogenesis in leptospirosis are poorly defined. Recent developments in the application of genetic tools in the study of Leptospira have advanced our understanding by allowing the assessment of mutants in animal models. As a result, a small number of essential virulence factors have been identified, though most do not have a clearly defined function. Significant advances have also been made in the in vitro characterization of leptospiral interaction with host structures, including extracellular matrix proteins (such as laminin, elastin, fibronectin, collagens), proteins related to hemostasis (fibrinogen, plasmin), and soluble mediators of complement resistance (fac..

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