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Microbes Infect. 2000 Feb;2(2):189-98.

Epidemiology and pathogenesis of Bacillus cereus infections.

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  • 1Institute of Dentistry, P.O. Box 41, FIN-00014, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.


Bacillus cereus is a causative agent in both gastrointestinal and in nongastrointestinal infections. Enterotoxins, emetic toxin (cereulide), hemolysins, and phoshpolipase C as well as many enzymes such as beta-lactamases, proteases and collagenases are known as potential virulence factors of B. cereus. A special surface structure of B. cereus cells, the S-layer, has a significant role in the adhesion to host cells, in phagocytosis and in increased radiation resistance. Interest in B. cereus has been growing lately because it seems that B. cereus-related diseases, in particular food poisonings, are growing in number.

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