B Lymphocytes Provide an Infection Niche for Intracellular Bacterium Brucella abortus

The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 05/24/2012

To conclude, infected B cells contribute to chronic bacterial infections by providing an intracellular niche that may exert an immunoregulatory role. Although professional phagocytic cells harbor intracellular bacteria including Brucella, infection of lymphocytes by bacteria has not been previously appreciated.

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