Bacteria battle for iron

Bacteria battle for iron 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.

The Battle for Iron between Bacterial Pathogens and Their Vertebrate Hosts. (2010) PLoS Pathog 6(8): e1000949. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1000949

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