Anaplasma phagocytophilum is an obligate intracellular tick-borne bacterium that propagates within neutrophils and causes human and animal granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA). In the murine model of HGA, host immune response plays a more important role in histopathologic lesions than does pathogen load. We examined the role of CYBB, NOS2, and TNFalpha as effectors of innate immune-related injury. Our hypothesis is that the innate immune response to A. phagocytophilum results in inflammatory histopathology, but does not control the pathogen.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- History and Philosophy of Science