How bugs overcome host defenses

phys.org | 5/24/2018 | Staff
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Bacterial pathogens must acquire nutrient metals from the host to survive and cause disease. To counter infection, hosts attempt to starve bacteria by hiding metals away in a process called "nutritional immunity." Bacteria are wily foes though, and they change in order to survive metal starvation.

In a series of studies, Eric Skaar, Ph.D., and colleagues have characterized how A. baumannii—a leading cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia—responds to zinc starvation.

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The researchers discovered that during zinc starvation, A. baumannii increases expression of the gene for a cell...
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