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Friend or foe: the same fold for attack and defense

Lukoyanova, Natalya and Saibil, Helen R. (2008) Friend or foe: the same fold for attack and defense. Trends in Immunology 29 (2), pp. 51-53. ISSN 1471-4906.

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Two recent crystal structures of membrane attack complex/perforin (MACPF) domains found in the complement and perforin families unexpectedly reveal that some proteins of the immune system share a common core fold with their bacterial targets. Although a relationship between MACPF proteins and the previously characterized bacterial cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDCs) is not detectable by sequence analysis, the MACPF structures show that eukaryotic defense and bacterial CDC attack share a common mechanism of membrane insertion and pore formation.

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Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 14:09
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