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    Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie

    AG Johswich

     


    Neisseria meningitidis (meningococci) are feared for their potential to cause meningitis and/or sepsis that can kill within hours after appearance of initially unspecific symptoms. Despite their virulence, they are commonly found as asymptomatic colonizers of the human upper respiratory tract in healthy individuals. Carriage of meningococci is a prerequisite to development of invasive disease (meningitis or sepsis), however, it remains to be identified what triggers their entering the blood stream and which mechanisms are involved. 

     

    The research interests of our group are to understand which bacterial factors determine the persistence of N. meningitidis in the mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, which host factors drive their clearance and what the implications of these factors are in the host/pathogen relationship as well the balance between commensalism and virulence of N. meningitidis.

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