By Levi Clancy for Student Reader on
Virulence factors are cellular properties which promote pathogenesis. Without these virulence factors, pathogenesis is attenuated or eliminated.
Virulence factors can have various different roles.
|Adherence||Colonization and contact.|
|Invasins||Tissue and cell invasion.|
|Toxins||Motility and chemotaxis.|
|Nutrition||Compete for nutrients.|
|Evasion||Evasion and suppression of immune response.|