Legionella pneumophila is the causative agent of a potentially fatal form of pneumonia named Legionnaires' disease. L. pneumophila survives and replicates inside macrophages by preventing phagosome-lysosome fusion. A large number of L. pneumophila genes, called dot or icm, have been identified that are required for intracellular growth. It has recently been shown that the dot/icm genes code for a putative large membrane complex that forms a type IV secretion system used to alter the endocytic pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1999


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