Functional genomics of Neisseria meningitidis pathogenesis.
The pathogenic bacterium Neisseria meningitidis is an important cause of septicemia and meningitis, especially in childhood. The establishment and maintenance of bacteremic infection is a pre-requisite for all the pathological sequelae of meningococcal infection. To further understand the genetic basis of this essential step in pathogenesis, we analyzed a library of 2,850 insertional mutants of N. meningitidis for their capacity to cause systemic infection in an infant rat model. The library ...Expand abstract
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