Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 12421688
Trends Mol Med 2002 Nov; 8(11): 537-42
Several human pathogens exhibit a restricted host-tropism, relying on the species-specific interaction of microbial ligand(s) with host receptor(s). This specificity accounts for some of the difficulties in modeling human infections in animals. The discovery of L. monocytogenes host-specificity and elucidation of the underlying mechanism has led to the generation of transgenic mice expressing one of its human receptors, E-cadherin. This model is presented here as a paradigm of a genetically-modified-animal model for studying a human infectious disease.