Usually, the mucus lining of the female genital tract presents a barrier that helps prevent infections. But, somehow, the bacteria that causes gonorrhea gets around and through that barrier to invade the female genital tract.

Scientist Liang-Chun Wang, from the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, and colleagues, developed a new model to study how Neisseria gonorrhoeae infects female endocervical tissue and discovered the process the bacteria uses to penetrate the cells and cause an infection. Their work was just published online in PLOS Pathogens… more

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