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Mechanism to Infect Humans
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Mechanism to Infect Humans

February 21, 2011
Mechanism used by oomycetes and fungi to infect humans, animals and plants with diseases.

Oomycetes and fungi infect plant, animal and sometimes even human cells by secreting a protein called an effector protein into the spaces between the host's cells. This secreted effector binds to a lipid raft on the surface of a host cell and rides the raft into the cell. Once inside the cell, the invading effector disables the host's immune system.