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The ability to clear bacterial infections is maintained in adult flies after spaceflight.

By Oana Marcu (357739), Matthew P. Lera (357740), Max E. Sanchez (357741), Edina Levic (357742), Laura A. Higgins (267861), Alena Shmygelska (59903), Thomas F. Fahlen (357745), Helen Nichol (357748) and Sharmila Bhattacharya (357751)


<p>Adults were infected with <i>E. coli</i> HB101 immediately after return from spaceflight. The overall capacity to clear the bacterial infection was measured by quantifying the live bacteria (CFU) remaining in the animal up to 3 days following infection. Flight adults cleared bacteria as effectively as controls immediately after flight, and more efficiently at days 2 and 3 post infection (<i>p-</i>value <0.05).</p

Topics: Physics, Microbiology, Genetics, Immunology, bacterial, infections, maintained, flies
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015361.g004
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