Strategies used by Yersinia enterocolitica to evade killing by the host: thinking beyond Yops

Microbes Infect. 2014 Feb;16(2):87-95. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2013.11.002. Epub 2013 Nov 15.


Yersinia enterocolitica is an important gastrointestinal pathogen. Its pathogenicity has been attributed primarily to the plasmid encoded Yersinia outer proteins or Yops that are known to subvert the immune system. This review, however, highlights the role of Yop-independent mechanisms that help Y. enterocolitica evade immune system and contribute significantly to its survival in the host.

Keywords: Immune evasion; Serum resistance; Yersinia enterocolitica.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins / immunology
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Humans
  • Immune Evasion*
  • Microbial Viability
  • Plasmids
  • Virulence Factors / immunology*
  • Yersinia enterocolitica / immunology*
  • Yersinia enterocolitica / pathogenicity*


  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins
  • Virulence Factors