Possible Pathogenic Mechanisms of Oral Streptococci

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Douglas, C. W. I. (2011)
  • Publisher: Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease
  • Journal: Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease (issn: 1651-2235)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/mehd.v7i3.8168

For any organism to be pathogenic it must be able to fulfil certain criteria: (1) adhere to the host; (2) grow within the host; (3) produce damage to the host locally or systemically and either directly or indirectly; (4) avoid the host's defence mechanisms long enough to cause disease. If any one of these characteristics is lacking, the organism will not be pathogenic.
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