Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans: Electrotransformation of a Periodontopathogen
Periodontal diseases are chronic inflammatory conditions of the subgingival epithelium that have bacterial etiologies. Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, a gram-negative, capnophilic coccobacillus, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of juvenile and adult periodontitis. This bacterium elaborates a number of virulence factors that may contribute to the disease process. Molecular analysis is crucial to understanding the precise role of these and other bacterial factors.
KeywordsChronic Inflammatory Condition Bacterial Pellet Bacterial Etiology Electroporation Cuvette Public Health Service Grant
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