Journal article

Immunogenicity and pathogenicity of Helicobacter infections of veterinary animals

Stacey Harbour, Philip Sutton

VETERINARY IMMUNOLOGY AND IMMUNOPATHOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2008

Abstract

The initial discovery that the human stomach is commonly infected by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori subsequently resulted in the identification of a whole new family of pathogenic bacteria. In less than 25 years, the Helicobacter genus has grown from obscurity to number at least 38 different species with many more awaiting classifications. These bacteria, many of which are either direct or opportunistic pathogens, are present in virtually every mammalian species examined, and have also now been identified in a number of birds. The pathogenesis associated with these infections is predominantly the result of a chronic inflammatory response mounted by the host against the infection. This is ..

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