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Molecular 'kiss of death' flags pathogens


September 28, 2015

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Disease-causing microorganisms hide in protective bubbles on the cell surface called vacuoles, making it difficult for the immune system to recognize and destroy them without causing harm to the rest of the cell. A Duke University team has found that the body marks pathogen-containing vacuoles for destruction with a molecule called ubiquitin, commonly known as the "kiss of death." The finding could lead to new therapeutics that boost the immune system's response to pathogens.Full Story

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