Gram Negative Bacilli
Fever, leukopenia, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and hypotension caused by members of the Enterobacteriaceae family are most strongly associated with which of the following structures?
a. The lipopolysaccharide (LPS
b. of gram-negative cell walls consists of a complex lipid, lipid A, to which is attached a polysaccharide made up of a core and a terminal series of repeat units.
c. LPS is attached to the outer membrane by hydrophobic bonds and is required for the function of many outer membrane proteins.
d. LPS is also called endotoxin. All the toxicity resides in the lipid A component.
e. Endotoxin (lipid A) can activate complement, resulting in inflammation, is pyrogenic, causes a fall in BP, is a B cell mitogen and causes DIC as referred to in the question.