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.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Current Opinion in Microbiology|
|State||Published - Feb 1 1999|