Multinucleated giant cell formation as a portal to chronic bacterial infections

Jacob L. Stockton, Alfredo G. Torres

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This review provides a snapshot of chronic bacterial infections through the lens of Burkholderia pseudomallei and detailing its ability to establish multi-nucleated giant cells (MNGC) within the host, potentially leading to the formation of pyogranulomatous lesions. We explore the role of MNGC in melioidosis disease progression and pathology by comparing the similarities and differences of melioidosis to tuberculosis, outline the concerted events in pathogenesis that lead to MNGC formation, discuss the factors that influence MNGC formation, and consider how they fit into clinical findings reported in chronic cases. Finally, we speculate about future models and techniques that can be used to delineate the mechanisms of MNGC formation and function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1637
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Burkholderia pseudomallei
  • Chronic infection
  • Multi nucleated giant cell
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Persistence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Virology


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