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Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

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Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Immunology of Infectious Disease | Immunopathology


Our understanding of the host response to infections has historically focused on "resistance" mechanisms that directly control pathogen replication. However, both pathogen effectors and antimicrobial immune pathways have the capacity to damage host tissue, and the ability to tolerate these insults can also be critical for host survival. These "tolerance" mechanisms may be equally as important as resistance to prevent disease in the context of a persistent infection, such as tuberculosis, when resistance mechanisms are ineffective and the pathogen persists in the tissue for long periods. Host tolerance encompasses a wide range of strategies, many of which involve regulation of the inflammatory response. Here we will examine general strategies used by macrophages and T cells to promote tolerance in the context of tuberculosis, and focus on pathways, such as regulation of inflammasome activation, that are emerging as common mediators of tolerance.


Mycobaterium tuberculosis, immunometabolism, inflammasome, persistent infections, tolerance

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Front Immunol. 2018 Sep 12;9:2094. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.02094. eCollection 2018. Link to article on publisher's site

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Frontiers in immunology

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