Iron is a vital nutrient for virtually all forms of life. The requirement for iron is based on its role in cellular processes ranging from energy generation and DNA replication to oxygen transport and protection against oxidative stress. Bacterial pathogens are not exempt from this iron requirement, as these organisms must acquire iron within their vertebrate hosts in order to replicate and cause disease. This paper describes how they do that.
- How bacteria capture iron from heme
- Iron Uptake and Virulence
- Bacillus anthracis gets iron from hemoglobin
- Utilization of iron by Campylobacter jejuni