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Inherent to their pivotal tasks in the maintenance of cellular homeostasis, gap junctions, connexin hemichannels and pannexin hemichannels are frequently involved during dysregulation of this critical balance. The present paper specifically focuses on their roles in bacterial infection and disease. In particular, the reported biological outcome of Escherichia coli, Shigella flexneri, Yersinia enterocolitica, Helicobacter pylori, Bordetella pertussis, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Citrobacter rodentium, Clostridium species, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus and their toxic products on connexin- and pannexin-related signalling in host cells is reviewed. Particular attention is paid to the molecular mechanisms that underlie these effects as well as to the actual biological relevance of these findings.
|Tijdschrift||Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences|
|Status||Published - 1 sep 2011|