Biochemical and Genetic Aspects of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Virulence

  • S. Lory
  • P. C. Tai
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 118)


The Pseudomonas species includes at least 30 recognized strains, widely distributed in natural environments (e.g., soil and water) and as part of normal intestinal flora of mammals. Of these only a handful can cause infections in human hosts, and only Pseudomonas aeruginosa has been identified as a potentially life-threatening pathogen. This organism is usually associated with patients with an underlying disease who are subjected to extensive chemotherapy and hospitalization.


Cystic Fibrosis Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Cystic Fibrosis Patient Alkaline Protease Diphtheria Toxin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Lory
    • 1
  • P. C. Tai
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of WashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Metabolic RegulationBoston Biomedical Research InstituteUSA
  3. 3.Department of Microbiology and Molecular GeneticsHarvard Medical SchoolUSA

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