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Pathogen drop-kick

To set the scene for its replication, the bacterium Legionella pneumophila exploits its host cells' Rab1 protein. This pathogen seems to use minimal resources to mimic the normal cycle of Rab1 activity.

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Figure 1: How Legionella pneumophila exploits host-cell Rab1 protein.

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Pfeffer, S. Pathogen drop-kick. Nature 450, 361–362 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/450361a

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