Objectives for "Bacterial Pathogenesis: Factors that Damage the Host"
2. Producing Harmful Exotoxins
a. (Type I Toxins) Superantigens
After completing this section you should be able to perform the following objectives.
1*. Define superantigen.
2. Briefly describe the mechanism by which superantigens cause harm to the body.
3. Name 3 superantigens and give an example of a bacterium that produces each.
1. Read the description of Streptococcus pyogenes and match the bacterium with the description of the organism and the infection it causes.
What is the mechanism by which superantigens ultimately lead to SIRS?
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