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Toxin released from gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria as opposed to endotoxins that form part of the cell wall.

Examples are cholera, pertussis and diphtheria toxins. Usually specific and highly toxic.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

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