Tuesday, 24 March 2015

New insight into Yersinia pestis

Researchers discover that the accepted theory of how Yersinia pestis bacteria travel from fleabite to lymph node is off base. Most bacteria get trapped in a bottleneck and never make it to the lymph node, where infection takes root. Finding out why could lead to new ways to stop the pathogen.

For details, see:

Rodrigo J. Gonzalez, M. Chelsea Lane, Nikki J. Wagner, Eric H. Weening, Virginia L. Miller. Dissemination of a Highly Virulent Pathogen: Tracking The Early Events That Define Infection. PLOS Pathogens, 2015; 11 (1): e1004587 DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1004587## Posted by Tim Sandle