amoebapore

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a·moe·ba·pore

(ă-mē'ba-pōr),
An active peptide released from Entamoeba histolytica that can insert ion channels into liposomes and that has cytolytic and bactericidal activities.
[amoeba + G. poros, passageway]

a·moe·ba·pore

(ă-mē'bă-pōr)
An active peptide released from Entamoeba histolytica that can insert ion channels into liposomes and possesses cytolytic and bactericidal activities.
[amoeba + G. poros, passageway]

amoebapore

, amebapore (ă-mē′bă-por″) [ amoeba + pore]
A family of three pore-forming peptides (amoebapore A [AP-A], AP-B, and AP-C). They insert into the membranes of bacteria or eukaryotic cells and form tiny holes that result in lysis of the target cells.
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Several potential antigen-based vaccines have been tested on animals, including the serine-rich E histolytica protein (SREHP), the E histolytica Gal/GalNAc-specific lectin, the 29-kDa cysteine-rich E histolytica antigen, the amebapore protein, and the cysteine proteinase.
Invasion occurs through a series of mechanisms that are incompletely understood but seem to involve a family of small peptides termed amebapores, which have the capacity to puncture lipid bilayers, disrupt the barrier function of the mucosal epithelium, and form a portal of entry into the host.