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New Insights Into the Virulence Arsenal of a Common Hospital Pathogen

Medical Xpress

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Each pathogen relies on a unique set of strategies and surface & secreted molecules that enable it to colonize and infect host cells, which are collectively known as "virulence factors."

Studying these strategies helps scientists unravel the disease mechanism, identify diagnostic markers and expose new therapeutic targets.

Recently, researchers from Children's Cancer Hospital 57357 and The British University in Egypt teamed up on a study revealing new insights on virulence factors of Enterococcus faecalis, a common hospital-acquired pathogen.

Under normal conditions, E. faecalis microbes live harmlessly inside our gastrointestinal tract, and might ...