Yersinia spp. pathogens use their type III secretion system to translocate effectors that manipulate host signaling pathways during infection. Although molecular targets for five of the six known Yersinia effectors are known, the target for the serine/threonine kinase domain of Yersinia protein kinase A (YpkA) has remained elusive. Recently, Navarro et al. (2007) demonstrated that YpkA phosphorylates Gαq, and inhibits Gαq-mediated signaling. Inhibition by YpkA could contribute to one of the most documented symptoms of Yersinia pestis infection, extensive bleeding.
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- Infectious Diseases