Send to

Choose Destination
Trends Microbiol. 1999 Apr;7(4):149-54.

Developmental biology of Coxiella burnettii.

Author information

Dept of Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071-3944, USA.


The obligate intracellular bacterial agent of human Q fever, Coxiella burnetii, has a remarkable ability to persist in the extracellular environment. It replicates only when phagocytosed and delivered to the phagolysosome, where it resists degradation. Different morphological forms of the bacterium have different resistance properties and appear to be stages of a developmental cycle. Despite the lack of genetic systems, the molecular events surrounding C. burnetii development are now being unraveled.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center