Role of innate host defenses in susceptibility to early-onset neonatal sepsis.


Journal Article (Review)

Neonatal sepsis continues to take a devastating toll globally. Although adequate to protect against invasive infection in most newborns, the distinct function of neonatal innate host defense coupled with impairments in adaptive immune responses increases the likelihood of acquiring infection early in life, with subsequent rapid dissemination and death. Unique differences exist between neonates and older populations with respect to the capacity, quantity, and quality of innate host responses to pathogens. Recent characterization of the age-dependent maturation of neonatal innate immune function has identified novel translational approaches that may lead to improved diagnostic, prophylactic, and therapeutic modalities.

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Cited Authors

  • Wynn, JL; Levy, O

Published Date

  • June 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 307 - 337

PubMed ID

  • 20569810

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20569810

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9840

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.clp.2010.04.001


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States