Structural and functional characterization of an essential RTX subdomain of Bordetella pertussis adenylate cyclase toxin.

The adenylate cyclase toxin (CyaA) is one of the major virulence factors of Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough. CyaA is able to invade eukaryotic cells by a unique mechanism that consists in a calcium-dependent, direct translocation of the CyaA catalytic domain across the plasma membrane of the target cells. CyaA possesses a series… CONTINUE READING