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Sci. STKE, 20 February 2007
Vol. 2007, Issue 374, p. tw62
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.3742007tw62]


Microbiology Lethal Injection

Stella M. Hurtley

Science, AAAS, Cambridge CB2 1LQ, UK

Pathogenic bacteria can inject into host cells virulence factors via the so-called type III machinery. Li et al. describe a family of bacterial virulence factors that have a previously unknown phosphothreonine lyase activity that can remove the phosphate from signaling mitogen-activated protein kinase family members involved in innate immunity. This family of effectors is important in the virulence of a variety of animal and plant bacterial pathogens, including Shigella, Salmonella, and Pseudomonas syringae.

H. Li, H. Xu, Y. Zhou, J. Zhang, C. Long, S. Li, S. Chen. J.-M. Zhou, F. Shao, The phosphothreonine lyase activity of a bacterial type III effector family. Science 315, 1000-1003 (2007). [Abstract] [Full Text]

Citation: S. M. Hurtley, Lethal Injection. Sci. STKE 2007, tw62 (2007).

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