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Curr Biol. 2017 Nov 6;27(21):R1170-R1173. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.09.025.

Microbiology: And Amoebophilus Invented the Machine Gun!

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Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Macromoléculaires, Institut de Microbiologie de la Méditerranée, CNRS UMR7255, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille Cedex 20, France. Electronic address: cascales@imm.cnrs.fr.

Abstract

Bacterial contractile injection systems are fascinating particles that use a spring-like mechanism to inject an effector-loaded needle into target cells. A recent study shows that the intracellular bacterium Amoebophilus asiaticus uses arrays of contractile structures to escape from the amoeba phagosome.

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29112872
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10.1016/j.cub.2017.09.025
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