Meningitis in adolescents: The role of commensal microbiota

James W. B. Moir*

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The pathogen Neisseria meningitidis causes disease amongst infants and adolescents/young adults. Here we argue that disease amongst adolescents is due largely to interaction between N. meningitidis and other members of the upper respiratory tract microbiota, through a metabolic interaction involving exchange of propionic acid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-182
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in microbiology
Issue number4
Early online date26 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • Anaerobes
  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Propionic acid
  • Symbiosis

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