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Anthrax stops body from fighting back, study shows

and how it works has improved since then, too, Hanna said. Now doctors know what anthrax looks like and what publichealth steps to take, he added.

The next step for UF researchers is to pinpoint the exact protein thelethal toxin is targeting in the neutrophil. There are more than 100proteins that regulate actin-filament formation, and researchers havealready isolated one that may be responsible, Southwick said.

The UF findings also could affect research on other diseases. Becauseactin is found in every cell, the study could lead researchers to knowmore about how tumors and other cells move in the body, Southwick said.

"It relates to wound healing, it may relate to many diseases and manyproblems," he said.


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Source:University of Florida


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