Tannerella forsythia was discovered by and named after Dr. Anne Tanner who works at The Forsyth Institute located in Cambridge, MA.
T. forsythia has been identified in atherosclerotic lesions. Lee et al. found that infecting mice with T. forsythia induced foam cell formation and accelerated the formation of atherosclerotic lesions. It has also been isolated from women with bacterial vaginosis.
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^[LEE HR, JUN HK, & CHOI BK. (2014). Tannerella forsythia BspA increases the risk factors for atherosclerosis in ApoE(-/-) mice. Oral Diseases. 20, 803-8.]