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MBio. 2011 Aug 16;2(4). pii: e00161-11. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00161-11. Print 2011.

Shifting paradigm on Bacillus thuringiensis toxin and a natural model for Enterococcus faecalis septicemia.

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Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA. joerg.graf@uconn.edu

Abstract

The Bt toxin is widely used in agriculture both as a spray and in transgenic plants, yet its precise mode of action against lepidopterans is poorly understood. The study by Mason et al. [mBio 2(3):e00065-11, 2011] revealed that Bt toxin enables an inhabitant of the midgut, Enterococcus faecalis, to enter the hemolymph of larvae and cause septicemia, leading to death.

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21846827
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PMC3157895
DOI:
10.1128/mBio.00161-11
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