Chlamydia, a type of pathogenic bacteria, need to penetrate human cells in order to multiply. Researchers from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) have now identified the bacterial protein SemC, which is secreted into the cell and restructures the cell membrane at the entry site. SemC forces the cell’s own protein SNX9 to assist it in this process. Together with scientists from Paris and Munich, a team of researchers working under Prof. Dr. Johannes Hegemann and Dr. Katja Mölleken has published these findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
Infection biology: Publication in PNAS