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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 1999 Jun;13(2):313-40.

Structure-function relationships of bacterial endotoxins. Contribution to microbial sepsis.

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Department of Medical Research, Saint Luke's-Shawnee Mission Health System, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.


A substantial body of knowledge has emerged over the past several decades concerning the primary and tertiary, and quaternary structure of endotoxic LPS and their contribution to the pathogenesis of gram-negative sepsis; however, important questions remain. Among them are the precise three-dimensional configuration of the LPS macromolecule and the contribution of the quaternary structure to the ability of these potent microbial factors to interact with host humoral and cellular inflammatory mediator systems. Also remaining to be sufficiently addressed is the relative contribution of endotoxin interactions with the host to the overall manifestation of disease and conditions under which such contributions serve as the pivotal event in determining outcome. The answers to these questions can be expected to provide valuable insights into potential novel therapeutic intervention strategies and approaches that will ultimately reduce both morbidity and mortality in infection from gram-negative microbes.

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