Citrobacter rodentium: A model enteropathogen for understanding the interplay of innate and adaptive components of type 3 immunity

Academic Article


  • © 2017 Society for Mucosal Immunology. Citrobacter rodentium is a natural murine intestinal pathogen that shares a core set of virulence factors with the related human pathogens enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) and enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC). C. rodentium is now the most widely used small animal model for studying the molecular underpinnings of EPEC and EHEC infections in vivo, including: enterocyte attachment; virulence; colonization resistance; and mucosal immunity. In this review, we discuss type 3 immunity in the context of C. rodentium infection and discuss recent publications that use this model to understand how the innate and adaptive components of immunity intersect to mediate host protection against enteric pathogens and maintain homeostasis with the microbiota.
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  • Mucosal Immunology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Silberger DJ; Zindl CL; Weaver CT
  • Start Page

  • 1108
  • End Page

  • 1117
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 5