Killing machines: three pore-forming proteins of the immune system.

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The evolution of early multicellular eukaryotes 400-500 million years ago required a defensive strategy against microbial invasion. Pore-forming proteins containing the membrane-attack-complex-perforin (MACPF) domain were selected as the most efficient means to destroy bacteria or virally infected cells. The mechanism of pore formation by the MACPF domain… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s12026-013-8469-9

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