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"LATENT TUBERCULOSIS: New tools for the detection and clearance of dormant Mycobacterium tuberculosis."
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€ 2,700,000
36 months
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Focused Research Project
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Keywords: Latent Tuberculosis; Dormancy models; Treatment of latent Tuberculosis.


It is estimated that one-third of the human population is latently infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, constituting a major reservoir of that mycobacterium. The clinical definition of latency is clear, but the bacterial biology underlying this clinical situation remains poorly understood.

While dormant, the tubercle bacilli are considered to be in a non-replicating (NR) stage. In such a condition, bacilli are not only difficult to detect but also refractory to the standard treatments, avoiding their clearance from the infected tissues.

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