Universität Rostock, 2018
Abstract: The human contact system activates both coagulation and inflammation. As I showed for the first time in my studies, the system can be activated by the bacteria themselves as well as by host structures that are released in response to the bacteria. The role of the contact system during an infection appears ambiguous, because on the one hand the activation on the surface of bacteria supports the local innate immune response. On the other hand, pathogenic bacteria in particular have developed mechanisms to activate contact factors, which is associated with increased virulence.
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