clostridial toxin


clostridial toxin
a toxin elaborated by species of Clostridium, such as botulinus toxin, gas gangrene toxin, or tetanus toxin. C. difficile also produces an exotoxin that causes intestinal necrosis, and C. perfringens produces exotoxins that cause gas gangrene, intestinal necrosis, and hemolysis, others that have cardiotoxic, deoxyribonuclease, and hyaluronidase activity, and an enterotoxin that causes acute food poisoning.

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