Binding and Entry of an A-B Toxin

A-B toxins consist of two parts, an A (active) component and a B (binding) component. The B component of the exotoxin binds to a receptor on the surface of a susceptible host cell. The exotoxin now enters the host cell, in this case by endocytosis, and causes harm by inactivating a host cell target protein through ADP-ribosylation.

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