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Black Death Or Black Rot: University Of Michigan Scientists Find Plant And Animal Bacteria Share Same Deadly Cell-Killing Mechanism

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December 1, 2000
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When it comes to killing cells, Yersinia pestis---the bacterium that causes bubonic plague---is the stealth assassin of the pathogen world. It kills quietly and efficiently by first slipping inside immune system sentinel cells and cutting off the communication lines they need to call for help. Now scientists at the University of Michigan have discovered the molecular mechanism Yersinia uses to sever these vital cell signaling pathways.

ANN ARBOR --- When it comes to killing cells, Yersinia pestis---the bacterium that causes bubonic plague---is the stealth assassin of the pathogen world. It kills quietly and efficiently by first slipping inside immune system sentinel cells and cutting off the communication lines they need to call for help.


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University Of Michigan. (2000, December 1). Black Death Or Black Rot: University Of Michigan Scientists Find Plant And Animal Bacteria Share Same Deadly Cell-Killing Mechanism. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/11/001128070718.htm
University Of Michigan. "Black Death Or Black Rot: University Of Michigan Scientists Find Plant And Animal Bacteria Share Same Deadly Cell-Killing Mechanism." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/11/001128070718.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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