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Title: Antimicrobial peptide gene expression in human tonsils
Author: Bell, Stephanie
Awarding Body: Newcastle University
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2008
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The human palatine tonsils play important roles in host immunity and provide a barrier against invading pathogens. However the Gram-positive bacterium, Streptococcus pyogenes often penetrates their defences. This results in tonsillitis, in which sufferers present with swollen and painful'palatine tonsils. Moreover tonsillitis is often recurrent. Despite tonsillitis being relatively common, the immunological factors that allow this infection to perpetuate remain obscure.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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