Bacterial Toxins: Offensive, Defensive, or something else altogether

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Abstract

The secretion of proteins that damage host tissue is well established as integral to the infectious processes of many bacterial pathogens. However, recent advances in our understanding of the activity of toxins suggests that the attributes we have assigned to them from early in vitro experimentation have misled us into thinking of them as merely destructive tools. Here we will discuss the multifarious ways in which toxins contribute to the lifestyle of bacteria and by considering their activity from an evolutionary perspective demonstrate how this extends far beyond their ability to destroy host tissue.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPLoS Pathogens
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Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2017

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