New way of preventing pneumococcal brain invasion

An international team of researchers, led from Karolinska Institutet, has identified two receptors on the cells in the blood vessels of the brain that can be blocked and thereby prevent pneumococci from entering the brain. The study, which is published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, shows that the use of antibodies that block the receptors can potentially be used as a new therapeutic strategy for pneumococcal meningitis. Pneumococci is the most common bacterial cause of infections in the airways and the most significant cause of meningitis in the world, a condition that affects an estimated 100,000 children under the…
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