From: Chronic Lyme Disease and Ehrlichiosis – A Stealthy Infection with a Possible Cancer Connection
“Ehrlichiosis is one of four bacteria known to survive and propagate within human neutrophils and their bone marrow progenitors. This tick-transmitted rickettsial pathogen, anaplasma phagocytophilum, is a causative agent of human granulocytic anaplasmosis and is found in the direct family line of Ehrlichiosis.
Neutrophils are the most abundant type of white blood cells (WBCs) in humans. In fact, about 70 percent of WBCs are of neutrophils. Intracellular bacteria do not consider them suitable hosts as they are short-lived and serve as primary defense cells that are armed with myriad antimicrobial apparatus.
A. phagocytophilum infection can alter neutrophil functions which can ultimately result in clinical disease. A. phagocytophilum infection can inhibit or retard processes such as apoptosis, oxidative burst and phagocytosis, while degranulation and cytokine/chemokine production are activated, leading to cancer in humans. No one is sure how many infections are cancer causatives, but this one may be recognized as a likely link to the idea that leukemia and other lymphatic cancers are catalyzed by epigenetic shifts resultant of Ehrlichiosis.”
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