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Przegl Epidemiol. 2006;60 Suppl 1:167-70.

[New aspects of pathogenesis of Lyme borreliosis].

[Article in Polish]

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Klinika Chorób Zakaźnych i Neuroinfekcji AM w Białymstoku.


B. burgdorferi can evade the destructive effects of the immune system by binding host's complement regulators, which leads to inhibition of the complement activation cascade. Complement activity is blocked by CRASPs--complement regulator acquiring surface proteins. Complement resistance might therefore represent one major pathogenic factor favoring spirochete transmission to the vertebrate host, as well as determine host reservoirs of Borrelia burgdorferi genospecies. The cause of neuro-psychiatric disorders developing in some patients with Lyme borreliosis is still unknown. One of the hypotheses links them to neuro-hormonal disturbances induced by B. burgdorferi infection.

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