Mechanisms of meningococcal colonisation.
Despite advances against infectious diseases over the past century, Neisseria meningitidis remains a major causative agent of meningitis and septicaemia worldwide. Its adaptation for survival in the human nasopharynx makes the meningococcus a highly successful commensal bacterium. Recent progress has been made in understanding the mechanisms that enable neisserial colonisation, in terms of the role of type IV pili, the impact of other adhesins, biofilm formation, nutrient acquisition and resi...Expand abstract
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