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Surprising Role For Staph's Toxic Shock Toxin

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July 9, 2002
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New York University Medical Center And School Of Medicine
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NYU School of Medicine scientists have discovered a novel role for the toxin that is responsible for toxic shock syndrome, a deadly infection linked to the use of highly absorbent tampons. They report in a new study that the toxic shock toxin, produced by the notorious bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, acts as a sort of master switch that blocks the infecting bacterium's production of most of its other disease-causing proteins.

NYU School of Medicine scientists have discovered a novel role for the toxin that is responsible for toxic shock syndrome, a deadly infection linked to the use of highly absorbent tampons. They report in a new study that the toxic shock toxin, produced by the notorious bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, acts as a sort of master switch that blocks the infecting bacterium's production of most of its other disease-causing proteins.


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