Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), the causative agent of Lyme disease, is a unique pathogen, with a complex genome and unique immune evasion tactics. It lacks genes encoding proteins involved in nutrient synthesis and typical metabolic pathways, and therefore relies on the host for nutrients. The Bb genome encodes both an unusually high number of predicted outer surface lipoproteins of unknown function but with multiple complex roles in pathogenesis, and an unusually low number of predicted outer membrane proteins, given the necessity of bringing in the required nutrients for pathogen survival.
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- Doctoral Dissertation Chemistry 2020