To date, research on laccases has mostly been focused on plant and fungal laccases and their current use in biotechnological applications. In contrast, little is known about laccases from plant pathogens, although recent rapid progress in whole genome sequencing of an increasing number of organisms has facilitated their identification and ascertainment of their origins.
We investigated the role of bacterial biofilms in stimulating T helper 17 (Th17) cells in infected organisms. The formation of bacterial biofilms isolated from clinical lavage fluid samples was measured. Th17 cells and interleukin 17 (IL-17) levels in the peripheral blood of healthy individuals, people infected by biofilm bacteria, people infected by non-biofilm bacteria, and in the lavage fluid from people infected by bacteria were determined. Differences in those data were tested using the SPSS 17.0 statistical software.