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Danger signals, inflammasomes, and the intricate lives of chlamydiae
Biomedical Journal
  • Matthew A. Pettengill, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Ali A. Abdul-Sater, York University
  • Robson Coutinho-Silva, Biophysics Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • David M. Ojcius, University of the Pacific
David M. Ojcius: 0000-0003-1461-4495
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Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens, and as such are sensitive to alterations in the cellular physiology of their hosts. Chlamydial infections often cause pathologic consequences due to prolonged localized inflammation. Considerable advances have been made in the last few years regarding our understanding of how two key inflammation-associated signaling pathways influence the biology of Chlamydia infections: inflammation regulating purinergic signaling pathways significantly impact intracellular chlamydial development, and inflammasome activation modulates both chlamydial growth and infection mediated pro-inflammatory cytokine production. We review here elements of both pathways, presenting the latest developments contributing to our understanding of how chlamydial infections are influenced by inflammasomes and purinergic signaling.
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Matthew A. Pettengill, Ali A. Abdul-Sater, Robson Coutinho-Silva and David M. Ojcius. "Danger signals, inflammasomes, and the intricate lives of chlamydiae" Biomedical Journal Vol. 39 Iss. 5 (2016) p. 306 - 315 ISSN: 2319-4170
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