Listeria exploits damage and death to spread bad news.
Pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes replicates within the host cytosol; little is known about how it transits from cell to cell, spreading infection. A recent study implicates infection-induced membrane damage as a trigger for efferocytosis, the recognition and uptake of dead cells, thereby tricking neighboring cells into taking up the invader.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Trends in microbiology
Abuaita, B. (2014). Listeria exploits damage and death to spread bad news.. Trends in microbiology https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2014.06.001