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Scientists discover tissue-damaging fungal toxin


Scientists discover tissue-damaging fungal toxin

They found Candida albicans produces a polypeptide, a larger molecule than would be expected for a toxin, which is then divided into small pieces inside the fungus, and just one of the pieces is the toxin, which the researchers named Candidalysin.

Researchers said it has taken decades to figure this out, partially because newer technology and recent research aided their quest, but also because the toxin is only produced when the fungus is infecting a host -- which they could not witness live until now.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/04/07/Scientists-discover-tissue-damaging-fungal-toxin/7951460031817/

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v532/n7597/full/nature17625.html

 

 
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