Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a major health problem worldwide. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the agent of human TB, uses proteins and other compounds called "virulence factors" to subvert human host defenses and damage and invade human host cells during infection. The main goal of this project is to study a family of proteins necessary for M. tuberculosis success in host infection. Therefore, this study could bring insight in the knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the infective process of M. tuberculosis in humans. A better understanding of this process will contribute to the development of new strategies to control this disease including the design of an effective vaccine.

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Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a major health problem worldwide. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the agent of human TB, uses proteins and other compounds called "virulence factors" to subvert human host defenses and damage and invade human host cells during infection. The main goal of this project is to study a family of proteins necessary for M. tuberculosis success in host infection. Therefore, this study could bring insight in the knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the infective process of M. tuberculosis in humans. A better understanding of this process will contribute to the development of new strategies to control this disease including the design of an effective vaccine.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Type
Research Project (R01)
Project #
5R01AI083084-04
Application #
8308963
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-IDM-P (50))
Program Officer
Lacourciere, Karen A
Project Start
2009-08-01
Project End
2014-07-31
Budget Start
2012-08-01
Budget End
2014-07-31
Support Year
4
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$75,742
Indirect Cost
$4,526
Name
National Institute of Agriculture Tech
Department
Type
DUNS #
970000209
City
Buenos Aires
State
Country
Argentina
Zip Code
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