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Plant pathology

Deadly special deliveries

When attacking a plant, pathogens must deliver proteins into their victim's cells. The causal agent of potato late blight uses a system that is remarkably similar to that used by the malaria parasite in red blood cells.

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Figure 1: Effector-protein delivery systems in Plasmodium falciparum and Phytophthora infestans.


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Talbot, N. Deadly special deliveries. Nature 450, 41–43 (2007).

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