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Bacteria and Phagocytosis

  1. Jun 17, 2017 #1
    Normally invading Bacteria are phagocytosed by phagocytes. Phagocytes are specialised cells. But, if a non-phagocyte cells are infected with bacteria how those cells handle this situation? Do they succumb to the bacteria? Or they too Phagocytosis the invader?
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  3. Jun 18, 2017 #2


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    Infected cells are recognized by a specialized class of immune cells called cytotoxic T-cells (killer T-cells) that can recognize infected cells then destroy the infected cells.
  4. Jun 20, 2017 #3
    That would mean that the infected non-phagocyte cells are destined to be destroyed. There is no way they can be rescued. Is this presumption right?

    Ask the same, Thanks for the response.
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    In general, damaged cells (e.g. cells exhibiting severe DNA damage, viral infection, bacterial infection, etc.) are targeted by the immune system or other mechanisms to undergo programmed cell death (apoptosis). I am not sure whether there are mechanisms to rescue cells without destroying them.
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