Pathogen effect on Phagocytes

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Pathogen effect on Phagocytes

Post by farwanaG » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:39 pm

Hey,

I was just wondering.
Do pathogens have the same effect on a phagocyte as they would on a normal cell?
If they do not why is this?
Can a pathogen kill a phagocyte and if so are there are any examples of this?

Thanks for your help

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Post by canalon » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:54 pm

1/ sometimes yes, sometimes no
2/ It depends of the pathogen. Some pathogen have the ability to respond to the attempt of the phagocyte to kill them and will activate genes to try and prevent that. But not all have that kind of ability.
3/ Sadly yes phagocytes can be killed.

Detailed explanation and examples here for example:
http://www.textbookofbacteriology.net/antiphago.html
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