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Trends Microbiol. 1995 Aug;3(8):304-9.

Phenotypic variation of carbohydrate surface antigens and the pathogenesis of Haemophilus influenzae infections.

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Dept of Paediatrics, Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford, UK.

Abstract

Phenotypic variation of two major carbohydrate surface antigens of Haemophilus influenzae, the capsule and lipopolysaccharide, exemplifies some of the genetic mechanisms used by pathogenic bacteria in interacting with host microenvironments. The ability to generate phenotypic variety at high frequency within clonal populations of microorganisms provides an adaptive mechanism to combat the polymorphisms and immune repertoires of the host.

PMID:
8528614
DOI:
10.1016/s0966-842x(00)88959-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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