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5.5: The Ability to Resist Innate Immune Defenses

Some bacteria are able to resist innate immune defenses such as phagocytosis and the body's complement pathways. We will break this down into two categories:

  • The ability to resist phagocytic engulfment (attachment and ingestion)
  • The ability to resist phagocytic destruction and complement serum lysis

Contributors

  • Dr. Gary Kaiser (COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BALTIMORE COUNTY, CATONSVILLE CAMPUS)