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Scientists Discover How a Bacterial Pathogen Breaks Down Barriers to Enter and Infect Cells
Date:3/7/2012

e surface mucins to gain entrance is used by other disease-causing bacteria.

Other scientists who authored the study include:  Bharathi Govindarajan, Balaraj B. Menon, Sandra Spurr-Michaud, Komal Rastogi, Michael S. Gilmore, and Pablo Argueso.

To view the entire study, titled "A Metalloproteinase Secreted by Streptococcus pneumonia Removes Membrane Mucin MUC16 from the Epithelial Glycocalyx Barrier, go to http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0032418  

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