Complement resistance mechanisms of Klebsiella pneumoniae

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Authors

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  • Department of Medical Microbiology, UMC Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100 HP G04.614, 3584CX Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Department of Medical Microbiology, UMC Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100 HP G04.614, 3584CX Utrecht, The Netherlands. Electronic address: b.w.bardoel-2@umcutrecht.nl.

Abstract

The current emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria causes major problems in hospitals worldwide. To survive within the host, bacterial pathogens exploit several escape mechanisms to prevent detection and killing by the immune system. As a major player in immune defense, the complement system recognizes and destroys bacteria via different effector mechanisms. The complement system can label bacteria for phagocytosis or directly kill Gram-negative bacteria via insertion of a pore-forming complex in the bacterial membrane. The multi-drug resistant pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae exploits several mechanisms to resist complement. In this review, we present an overview of strategies used by K. pneumoniae to prevent recognition and killing by the complement system. Understanding these complement evasion strategies is crucial for the development of innovative strategies to combat K. pneumoniae.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1102-9
Number of pages8
JournalImmunobiology
Volume221
Issue number10
Early online date16 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Journal Article, Review