Mechanisms of latency in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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Mycobacterium tuberculosis can persist within the human host for years without causing disease, in a syndrome known as latent tuberculosis (TB). As one-third of the world population has latent TB, placing them at risk for active TB, the mechanisms by which M. tuberculosis establishes a latent metabolic state, eludes immune surveillance and responds to triggers that stimulate reactivation are a high priority for the future control of TB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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