Immune Mechanisms Against Extracellular Pathogens
Published Online: 19 APR 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved.
How to Cite
Autenrieth, I. B., Hein, J. and Schulte, R. 2001. Immune Mechanisms Against Extracellular Pathogens. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
Extracellular pathogens replicate and/or persist on mucosal surfaces or in host tissues outside host cells and may rapidly spread or establish an infection. In this habitat, however, they have to fight against several humoral (e.g. defensins, lactoferrin, antibodies) and cellular (phagocytes, T cells) immune defence mechanisms.