Interactions of pneumocystis with alveolar macrophages and epithelial cells

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Pneumocystis carinii and related species survive as obligate or nearly obligate intraalveolar fungal parasites. Definitive evidence of continuous proliferation outside the confines of the lower respiratory tract has not yet been documented. Additional studies reveal that interactions of Pneumocystis with specific resident cells of the lung mediate important regulatory functions in the life cycle of this organism. In addition, host-cell recognition of the Pneumocystis surface is an important event in the initiation of inflammatory systems and host defense responses during the development of this pneumonia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPneumocystis Pneumonia
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition, Revised and Expanded
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781420030327
ISBN (Print)9780824754518
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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  • General Medicine


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