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Microbes Infect. 2002 May;4(6):625-33.

Mechanisms of immunity against rickettsiae. New perspectives and opportunities offered by unusual intracellular parasites.

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Department of Pathology and WHO Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston 77555-0609, USA.


Investigation of the biology, pathology and immunology of rickettsial diseases offers new insights useful not only for the field of rickettsiology, but more importantly for the understanding of general principles of host-intracellular parasite relationships and, in particular, the immune interaction between endothelial cells and immune cells in the context of infection.

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