Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a leading causative agent of seafood-borne gastroenteritis worldwide. Most clinical isolates from patients with diarrhoea possess two sets of genes for the type III secretion system (T3SS) on each chromosome (T3SS1 and T3SS2). T3SS is a protein secretion system that delivers effector proteins directly into eukaryotic cells. The injected effectors modify the normal cell functions by altering or disrupting the normal cell signalling pathways. Of the two sets of T3SS genes present in V.parahaemolyticus, T3SS2 is essential for enterotoxicity in several animal models. Recent studies have elucidated the biological activities of several T3SS2 effectors and their roles in virulence. This review focuses on the regulation of T3SS2 gene expression and T3SS2 effectors that specifically target the actin cytoskeleton.
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