Immunopathogenesis of Chlamydial Infections

  • Ashlesh K. Murthy
  • Weidang Li
  • Kyle H. Ramsey
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 412)


Chlamydial infections lead to a number of clinically relevant diseases and induce significant morbidity in human populations. It is generally understood that certain components of the host immune response to infection also mediate such disease pathologies. A clear understanding of pathogenic mechanisms will enable us to devise better preventive and/or intervention strategies to mitigate the morbidity caused by these infections. Over the years, numerous studies have been conducted to explore the immunopathogenic mechanisms of Chlamydia-induced diseases of the eye, reproductive tract, respiratory tract, and cardiovascular systems. In this article, we provide an overview of the diseases caused by Chlamydia, animal models used to study disease pathology, and a historical context to the efforts to understand chlamydial pathogenesis. Furthermore, we discuss recent findings regarding pathogenesis, with an emphasis on the role of the adaptive immune response in the development of chlamydial disease sequelae. Finally, we summarize the key insights obtained from studies of chlamydial pathogenesis and avenues that remain to be explored in order to inform the next steps of vaccine development against chlamydial infections.



This work was supported by Midwestern University Faculty Start-up Fund, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant 1R15AI101920, and American Heart Association (AHA) Midwest Affiliate Scientist Development Grant 13SDG17310011 to AKM. The content in this manuscript is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not represent the official views of any of the funding agencies. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashlesh K. Murthy
    • 1
  • Weidang Li
    • 1
  • Kyle H. Ramsey
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyMidwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyMidwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA

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