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Cytoskeleton as an Emerging Target of Anthrax Toxins
AbstractBacillus anthracis, the agent of anthrax, has gained virulence through its exotoxins produced by vegetative bacilli and is composed of three components forming lethal toxin (LT) and edema toxin (ET). So far, little is known about the effects of these toxins on the eukaryotic cytoskeleton. Here, we provide an overview on the general effects of toxin upon the cytoskeleton architecture. Thus, we shall discuss how anthrax toxins interact with their receptors and may disrupt the interface between extracellular matrix and the cytoskeleton. We then analyze what toxin molecular effects on cytoskeleton have been described, before discussing how the cytoskeleton may help the pathogen to corrupt general cell processes such as phagocytosis or vascular integrity.
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Trescos, Y.; Tournier, J.-N. Cytoskeleton as an Emerging Target of Anthrax Toxins. Toxins 2012, 4, 83-97.View more citation formats
Trescos Y, Tournier J-N. Cytoskeleton as an Emerging Target of Anthrax Toxins. Toxins. 2012; 4(2):83-97.Chicago/Turabian Style
Trescos, Yannick; Tournier, Jean-Nicolas. 2012. "Cytoskeleton as an Emerging Target of Anthrax Toxins." Toxins 4, no. 2: 83-97.