Fever and the control of gram-negative bacteria.

Abstract:

:Although it seems obvious that fever has some important general adaptive value, it is still not clear by what means this function is manifested. One postulate is that febrile conditions result in the sequestration of soluble iron, effectively starving some pathogens of that essential nutrient. On the basis of our recent experiments, we propose a new mechanism for how fever serves to restrict a wide range of Gram-negative bacteria. The elevated temperature prevents the bacteria from synthesizing their protective LPS, thereby enabling serum complement to perforate and kill the invading pathogens even prior to the production of host antibodies.

journal_name

Res Microbiol

journal_title

Research in microbiology

authors

Green MH,Vermeulen CW

doi

10.1016/0923-2508(94)90182-1

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1994-05-01 00:00:00

pages

269-72

issue

4

eissn

0923-2508

issn

1769-7123

pii

0923-2508(94)90182-1

journal_volume

145

pub_type

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