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Smile: Gingivitis Bacteria Manipulate Your Immune System So They Can Thrive in Your Gums, University of Alabama at Birmingham Study



1/4/2013 7:27:41 AM

A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease--Porphyromonas gingivalis--manipulates the body's immune system to disable normal processes that would otherwise destroy it. Specifically, the report shows that this pathogen prompts the production of the anti-inflammatory molecule Interleukin-10 (IL-10). This, in turn, inhibits the function of T-cells, which would otherwise help to protect the host from this particular microbial infection.

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