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LPS-Mediated Triggering of T Lymphocytes in Immune Response Against Gram-Negative Bacteria

  • E. Jirillo
  • C. De Simone
  • V. Covelli
  • H. Kiyono
  • J. R. McGhee
  • S. Antonaci
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 256)

Abstract

Penetration of pathogens into a susceptible host triggers an array of immune responses which involve all the immunocompetent cells (T and B lymphocytes, phagocytes and Natural Killer (NK) cells). However, in the case of bacteria, phagocytosis seems to be the most effective function in order to neutralize invading organisms. At the same time, until recently the role of lymphocytes in “processing” entire bacteria has been poorly investigated, even if bacterial components are able to activate lymphocytes (21).

Keywords

Helium Cysteine Polysaccharide Trypsin Thiol 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Jirillo
    • 1
  • C. De Simone
    • 2
  • V. Covelli
    • 3
  • H. Kiyono
    • 4
  • J. R. McGhee
    • 5
  • S. Antonaci
    • 6
  1. 1.ImmunologiaUniversity of Bari Medical SchoolBariItaly
  2. 2.Malattie InfettiveUniversity of dell’Aquila degli Abruzzi Medical SchoolL’AquilaItaly
  3. 3.Neuroanatomia ClinicaUniversity of Bari Medical SchoolBariItaly
  4. 4.Departments of Oral Biology and Preventive DentistryUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  5. 5.Departments of MicrobiologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  6. 6.Fisiopatologia MedicaUniversity of Bari Medical SchoolBariItaly

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