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Int J Med Microbiol. 2010 Feb;300(2-3):170-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmm.2009.08.019. Epub 2009 Sep 24.

Staphylococcus aureus host cell invasion and post-invasion events.

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  • 1Institute of Hygiene and Microbiology, University of Würzburg, Josef-Schneider-Strasse 2, Bldg. E1, D-97080 Würzburg, Germany.


Staphylococcus aureus is now recognized as a facultative intracellular pathogen. The aim of this review is to discuss novel data regarding the invasion mechanism and post-invasion events with a focus on the fate of the infected phagosome in non-professional phagocytes and the role of S. aureus alpha-toxin.

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