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Curr Opin Immunol. 1995 Aug;7(4):474-8.

Entry of microbes into the host: using M cells to break the mucosal barrier.

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University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA.

Abstract

Enteric microbial pathogens interact with the gut epithelium to establish infection. Recently, it has become clear that many microorganisms that colonize or traverse the intestinal mucosa do so via the specialized M cells. Recent work has shown that Shigella flexneri and Salmonella typhimurium specifically target M cells to initiate infection of the host.

PMID:
7495510
DOI:
10.1016/0952-7915(95)80091-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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