TitlePathogenesis of nontuberculous mycobacteria infections.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsMcGarvey, J, Bermudez, LE
JournalClinics in chest medicine
Date Published2002 Sep
KeywordsPulmonary, Tuberculosis

M avium is a microorganism well adapted to living in the environment and in different hosts. During the past 15 years, a substantial amount of information has been accumulated about the mechanisms used by M avium to cross the host's mucosal barrier, replicate inside cells, circumvent the host's immune response, and persist inside the host. It turns out that M avium is a fascinating pathogen after all. The increasing knowledge about M avium pathogenesis may one day provide means for a more effective prophylaxis as well as for treatment of the infection.