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  • Team discovers how a cancer-causing bacterium spurs cell death

    Microbiology professor Steven Blanke, right; doctoral student Prashant Jain and a colleague at Purdue University found a mechanism linking Helicobacter pylori infection, impairment of the mitochondria and cell death.

    Microbiology professor Steven Blanke, right; doctoral student Prashant Jain and a colleague at Purdue University found a mechanism linking Helicobacter pylori infection, impairment of the mitochondria and cell death.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Steven Blanke, email sblanke@illinois.edu.
                             
    The paper, “Helicobacter pylori vacuolating cytotoxin A (VacA) Engages the Mitochondrial Fission Machinery to Induce Host Cell Death,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.