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Pitt Study Provides Clues to Body’s Defense Against Common Oral Ailment

Wednesday, November 8, 2017   (0 Comments)

An international team, led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has identified the mechanism by which the immune system first learns that the fungus Candida albicans, which causes oral thrush, has invaded the body. The culprit is a fungal toxin called Candidalysin, which punches holes in cells lining the mouth and is sensed by the immune system, which then begins to mount a defense.

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