The bacterial toxin toolkit

Pathogenic bacteria and higher eukaryotes have spent a long time together, leading to a precise understanding of one another's way of functioning. Through rapid evolution, bacteria have engineered increasingly sophisticated weapons to hit exactly where it hurts, interfering with fundamental host functions. However, toxins are not only useful to the bacteria - they have also become an essential asset for life scientists, who can now use them as toolkits to explore cellular processes


    Author address: Imperial Cancer Research Fund, 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PX, UK


    • VDG-REVIEW-2009-010

    Record created on 2009-02-02, modified on 2017-05-12


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