Lectin domains in the toxin ofBordetella pertussis: selectin mimicry linked to microbial pathogenesis

The pathogenesis of many infectious diseases is critically determined by prokaryotic lectins which enable differential recognition and activation of targeted eukaryotic cells. Some bacterial adhesins mimic and co-opt eukaryotic cell-cell adhesion motifs. This is illustrated by the toxin ofBordetella pertussis. Pertussis toxin mediates intoxication of… (More)