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Unformatted text preview: Most microbes are killed by the process of digestion. Unfortunately, some are able to survive. Some microbes produce toxins which kill the phagocyte. Others produce enzymes that destroy the membrane of the phagolysosome. These may even live and reproduce inside the phagocyte, where they are protected against antibiotics. Some microbes deliberately invade phagocytes to hide from the immune system of the host. They are able to prevent the lysosomes of the phagocytic cell from fusing with the phagocytic vesicle. They may immediately reproduce inside the phagocytic cell or remain dormant for months or years. Bacteria which are usually not killed include: I. Coxiella II. Actinobacillus III. Listeria IV. Shigella V. Staphylococcus VI. Mycobacterium...
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