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Why would a patient get chronic infections repeatedly?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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In brief: Chronic infections

Pathogens responsible for chronic infections form small populations of dormant cells, called persisters, which are not killed by antibiotics.
Antibiotics function only on active cells, so when treatment ceases, persisters grow and repopulate, causing a relapse. The protein identified by the northeastern researchers, known as tisb, triggers a cellular response that leads to persister cells.

In brief: Chronic infections

Pathogens responsible for chronic infections form small populations of dormant cells, called persisters, which are not killed by antibiotics.
Antibiotics function only on active cells, so when treatment ceases, persisters grow and repopulate, causing a relapse. The protein identified by the northeastern researchers, known as tisb, triggers a cellular response that leads to persister cells.
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