I worked on this review article for a long time, and I'm so glad that it's finally done! I was solicited by Editor Dan Portnoy to write an update to a chapter published in the 2nd Edition of the ASM Book "Gram Positive Pathogens." That chapter was written in 2006, and so much has changed in the fields of innate & adaptive immunity since that time.
Writing a comprehensive review is labor-intensive, and requires big stretches of uninterrupted time to stay "in the flow." It is common knowledge in academic circles that book chapters and textbooks are rarely completed by the original deadline. I won't tell you just how late I was in completing this chapter, but let's just say it took a long time!
ASM now publishes updated chapters to their iconic texts "Escherichia coli and Salmonella" and "Gram Positive Pathogens" online as articles in the periodical called "Microbiology Spectrum," so anyone can easily access the material. This review is ideal for anyone who is looking for a comprehensive overview about immunity generated during Listeria monocytogenes infection.