exotoxin

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exotoxin

[¦ek·sə¦täk·sən]
(microbiology)
A toxin that is excreted by a microorganism.
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Several studies described the potential involvement of streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxin (SPE) A in invasive streptococcal disease (2,19,22,23), while others reported an association with SPE-C (24,25).
Streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxins (SPEs) induce fever (and rash in scarlet fever) and strongly activate the immune system.
syndrome, a severe response to streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxins (Spe proteins), which trigger overproduction of inflammatory cytokines, leading to tissue damage, organ failure, and shock (3,4).

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