February 4, 2011

Salmonella Lines Up Toxins, Injects Them in Order

Yale University, Yale University


Yale Univ.

New Haven, Conn. — The potentially deadly bacterium Salmonella possesses a molecular machine that marshals the proteins it needs to hijack cellular mechanisms and infect millions worldwide.

In a paper published Feb. 3 online in Science Express, Yale University researchers describe in detail how Salmonella, a major cause of food poisoning and typhoid fever, is able to make these proteins line in up in just the right sequence to invade host cells.

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TAGGED: Bacterial Infection, Salmonella

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