Professional phagocytes digest internalized microorganisms by actively delivering them into the phagolysosomal compartment. Intravacuolar bacterial pathogens have evolved a variety of effective strategies to bypass the default pathway of phagosomal maturation to create a niche permissive for their survival and propagation. Here we discuss recent progress in our understanding of the sophisticated mechanisms used by Legionella pneumophila to survive in phagocytes.
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