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N activator streptokinase might contribute to contact system activation by S. pyogenes. Here, we report that the human contact system is activated by the action of streptokinase. The role of secreted and surfacebound streptokinase in this process was investigated by comparing an M49 S. pyogenes wild-type strain with its isogenic ska mutant, which is unable to trigger plasmin activity in human plas

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