American Academy of Microbiology

The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world’s largest life science organization. The Academy aims to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public.

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Klebsiella pneumoniae infection biology: living to counteract host defences

Klebsiella species cause a wide range of diseases including pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), bloodstream infections and sepsis. These infections are particularly a problem among neonates, elderly and immunocompromised individuals. This review summarises the tremendous progress that has been made to uncover the sophisticated immune evasion strategies of K. pneumoniae. The co-evolution of Klebsiella in response to the challenge of an activated immune has made Klebsiella a formidable pathogen exploiting stealth strategies and actively suppressing innate immune defences to overcome host responses to survive in the tissues.

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