obligate intracellular pathogen | definition

  • microorganism that cannot synthesize its own ATP and, therefore, must rely on a host cell for energy
  • behaves like a parasite when inside a host cell, but is metabolically inactive outside of a host cell


Parker, N., Schneegurt, M., Thi Tu, A.-H., Forster, B. M., & Lister, P. (n.d.). Microbiology. Houston, Texas: OpenStax. Access for free at: https://openstax.org/details/books/microbiology



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