Host defense mechanisms in urinary tract infections

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The host response to urinary tract infections is directed against both bacterial surface antigens, as well as bacterial products. The local response is perhaps the most important, with prevention of binding and tissue invasion as the hallmarks. Once an infection is established, the humoral immune system is most active in curtailing the damage and clearing the infecting organism. The prostate has a specialized complex of defenses that serves to reduce the incidence of infections in males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-686
Number of pages10
JournalUrologic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


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  • Urology

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