Invasins are a class of proteins associated with the penetration of pathogens into host cells.[1] Invasins play a role in promoting entry during the initial stage of infection.[2][3]

In 2007, Als3 was identified as a fungal invasin allowing Candida albicans to infect host cells.[4]


  1. ^ "Invasin". Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. Wolters Kluwer Health.
  2. ^ Isberg, Ralph R.; Voorhis, Deborah L.; Falkow, Stanley (1987). "Identification of invasin: A protein that allows enteric bacteria to penetrate cultured mammalian cells". Cell. 50 (5): 769. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(87)90335-7. PMID 3304658.
  3. ^ Pepe, J. C.; Miller, V. L. (1993). "Yersinia enterocolitica invasin: A primary role in the initiation of infection". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 90 (14): 6473–7. Bibcode:1993PNAS...90.6473P. doi:10.1073/pnas.90.14.6473. PMC 46954. PMID 8341658.
  4. ^ Phan, Quynh T; Myers, Carter L; Fu, Yue; Sheppard, Donald C; Yeaman, Michael R; Welch, William H; Ibrahim, Ashraf S; Edwards, John E; Filler, Scott G (2007). "Als3 is a Candida albicans Invasin That Binds to Cadherins and Induces Endocytosis by Host Cells". PLoS Biology. 5 (3): e64. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050064. PMC 1802757. PMID 17311474.

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