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TB's Suicide System Could Be Its Undoing

News   Feb 19, 2019 | Original Story from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

 
TB's Suicide System Could Be Its Undoing

This illustration shows sections of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. The Pac-Man symbolizes the toxin, which in the absence of its antitoxin counterpart, ‘eats up’ the NAD+, causing the cell to die. In the bacterium in the back, the Pac-Man’s mouth is blocked by the antitoxin, preventing the degradation of NAD+ and allowing the cell to grow normally. Credit: Beata Edyta Mierzwa.

 
 
 

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