Sloughing off: researchers at the University of Graz show how bacterial pathogens adapt quickly to a host

Most bacterial pathogens produce so-called OMVs – outer membrane vesicles, which are liberated from the bacterial surface. Researchers at the University of Graz have managed to identify for the first time how the pathogens benefit from this energy-intensive process: it enables the microorganisms to adapt faster to the adverse conditions in the host and evade the defence mechanisms of the immune system. The findings of this study will be published in the February edition of the prestigious journal Cell Host & Microbe, and have just become available online.

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