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Ciliary membrane alterations occurring in experimental Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection

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Science  19 Oct 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4416, pp. 349-351
DOI: 10.1126/science.113877

Abstract

Experimental infection of hamster ciliated tracheal epithelium in organ culture with virulent Mycoplasma pneumoniae resulted in the deterioration o ciliary necklaces and an altered distribution of membrane-associated particles on the shafts of the affected cilia. To our knowledge that is the first report of an altered disposition of ciliary membrane-associated particles in response to a specific infectious agent.