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Bacteria Seize Control by Acetylating Host Proteins

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Science  26 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5777, pp. 1150-1151
DOI: 10.1126/science.1128785

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Summary

The plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis injects toxic proteins into its hosts' cells. One of these interferes with the host's secretion of a protective factor by adding acetyl groups to a signaling kinase, blocking its activation.