Virulence Factor

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Virulence factors are cellular properties which promote pathogenesis. Without these virulence factors, pathogenesis is attenuated or eliminated.

Virulence factors can have various different roles.

AdherenceColonization and contact.
InvasinsTissue and cell invasion.
ToxinsMotility and chemotaxis.
NutritionCompete for nutrients.
EvasionEvasion and suppression of immune response.