How Lyme disease bacteria spread through the body

Researchers have developed a live-cell-imaging-based system that provides molecular and biomechanical insights into how Lyme disease bacteria latch onto and move along the inside surface of blood vessels to reach key destinations in the body where they may be able to persist longer and avoid treatment. Ironically, the same strategies that these bacteria use to spread through the body are also used by immune cells to protect against infectious disease. The study appears August 25 in Cell Reports. “There is very little known about the biomechanics of bacterial-vascular interactions, even though understanding this is really important for understanding how bacteria spread through…
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