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Infect Immun. 1989 May;57(5):1626-8.

Penetration of endothelial cell monolayers by Borrelia burgdorferi.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103.

Abstract

The ability of Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease, to penetrate cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cell monolayers was investigated. After 4 h of coincubation, approximately 7.7% of added bacteria passed through the host cell monolayers. Electron microscopy revealed that the borreliae entered the endothelial cells and suggested that the organisms penetrated the host monolayers primarily by passing through them.

PMID:
2707862
PMCID:
PMC313325
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