Harrison's Internal Medicine Chapter 114. Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis: Introduction
Over the past three decades, molecular studies of the pathogenesis of microorganisms have yielded an explosion of information about the various microbial and host molecules that contribute to the processes of infection and disease.
Numerous virus–target cell interactions have been described, and it is now clear that different viruses can use similar host-cell receptors for entry. The list of certain and likely host receptors for viral pathogens is long. Among the host membrane components that can serve as receptors for viruses are sialic acids, gangliosides, glycosaminoglycans, integrins and other members of the immunoglobulin superfamily, histocompatibility antigens, and regulators and receptors for complement components.
Mainly, the genome project has fundamentally changed the way in which we approach
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research. In particular, functional genomics approaches, suchs as DNA microarrays,
proteomics and metabolomics have greatly increased the rate at which we can generate data
on biological systems allowing us, to begin to observe on a molecular level the holistic
response of an organism to a particular stimulus (Quackenbush, 2006)....
Over the past 20 years, technological advances in molecular biology have
proven invaluable to the understanding of the pathogenesis of human cancer.
The application of molecular technology to the study of cancer has not only
led to advances in tumor diagnosis, but has also provided markers for the
assessment of prognosis and disease progression. The aim of Molecular Analysis
of Cancer is to provide a comprehensive collection of the most up-to-date
techniques for the detection of molecular changes in human cancer.
Molecular cloning has identified eight metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR)
subtypes, each with distinct patterns of expression. However, the characteristic roles of
these different mGluRs in physiological processes are not well understood.
Identification of subtype-specific compounds may potentially act as therapeutic agents
for the treatment of a wide range of conditions (including progressive brain disease,
epilepsy and cerebral ischemia) all of which are associated with abnormal mGLuR
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as is possible, given the highly technical nature of some of
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Since 1995, the WHO Regional Office for Europe has been committed to reducing the public
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profile of prison health issues.
At the beginning of the 21st century, medicine is increasingly
based on understanding the functions of genes and the molecular
mechanisms of diseases. In pancreatology, the understanding
of functions and dysfunctions of the exocrine and
endocrine pancreas is derived from molecular biological data
on the actions of compounds in subcellular compartments and
intracellular transcription pathways.
The Directive culminated in the passage of the 1989 Companies Act. Specifically, we
explore how the UK accountancy profession and the government were concerned to
construct, articulate and negotiate particular meanings of what it is to be professional, self
regulated, independent and commercial. The second episode concerns the impact on the
accounting profession of the Financial Services Act. Initially, this regulation, developed to
improve "investor protection" as well as to abolish restrictive practices, was understood to be
unrelated to the work of accountants.
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feature of the development process that has been extensively documented in the literatures
One of key components in this process is capital market development. For
example, deepening the long-term local bond market facilitates the reduction of currency and
maturity mismatches on corporations’ balance sheets. This also creates alternatives to bank
financing that can support efficiency and stability.
Encounters with Epithelial Cells
Over the past decade, many bacterial pathogens have been shown to enter epithelial cells (Fig. 114-2); the bacteria often use specialized surface structures that bind to receptors, with consequent internalization. However, the exact role and the importance of this process in infection and disease are not well defined for most of these pathogens. Bacterial entry into host epithelial cells is seen as a means for dissemination to adjacent or deeper tissues or as a route to sanctuary to avoid ingestion and killing by professional phagocytes.
GPI-anchored receptors do not have intracellular signaling domains. Instead, the mammalian Toll-like receptors (TLRs) transduce signals for cellular activation due to LPS binding. It has recently been shown that binding of microbial factors to TLRs to activate signal transduction occurs not on the cell surface, but rather in the phagosome of cells that have internalized the microbe. This interaction is probably due to the release of the microbial surface factor from the cell in the environment of the phagosome, where the liberated factor can bind to its cognate TLRs.
The direct effect of probiotics
in the lumen include the competition with pathogens for nutrients, production of
antimicrobial substances and in particular organic acids competitive inhibition on the
receptor sites, change in the composition of mucin hydrolysis of toxins, receptor
hydrolysis, and nitric oxide (NO). The indirect effect of probiotics largely depends on
the site of interaction between the probiotic and the effectors of the immune response.
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But the same processes that have produced these gains have given rise to trends that the
planet and its people cannot long bear. These have traditionally been divided into failures of
'development' and failures in the management of our human environment. On the
development side, in terms of absolute numbers there are more hungry people in the world
than ever before, and their numbers are increasing. So are the numbers who cannot read or
write, the numbers without safe water or safe and sound homes, and the numbers short of
woodfuel with which to cook and warm themselves.