Feature Papers in Microbial Genetics in 2024

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 July 2024 | Viewed by 825

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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, “Feature Papers in Microbial Genetics in 2024”, aims to gather together high-quality research articles, review articles, and communications on all aspects of microbial genetics, at the level of both individual microorganisms and microbial communities, from various environments and hosts, and including ancient microbes. We welcome submissions of manuscripts from editorial board members and outstanding scholars invited by the editorial board and editorial office. We aim to develop our Section into an attractive open access publishing platform for microbial genetics research.

Dr. Silvia Turroni
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Keywords

  • microbiome
  • genetics
  • genomics

Published Papers (2 papers)

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A Proteogenomic Approach to Unravel New Proteins Encoded in the Leishmania donovani (HU3) Genome
by Javier Adán-Jiménez, Alejandro Sánchez-Salvador, Esperanza Morato, Jose Carlos Solana, Begoña Aguado and Jose M. Requena
Genes 2024, 15(6), 775; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes15060775 - 13 Jun 2024
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The high-throughput proteomics data generated by increasingly more sensible mass spectrometers greatly contribute to our better understanding of molecular and cellular mechanisms operating in live beings. Nevertheless, proteomics analyses are based on accurate genomic and protein annotations, and some information may be lost [...] Read more.
The high-throughput proteomics data generated by increasingly more sensible mass spectrometers greatly contribute to our better understanding of molecular and cellular mechanisms operating in live beings. Nevertheless, proteomics analyses are based on accurate genomic and protein annotations, and some information may be lost if these resources are incomplete. Here, we show that most proteomics data may be recovered by interconnecting genomics and proteomics approaches (i.e., following a proteogenomic strategy), resulting, in turn, in an improvement of gene/protein models. In this study, we generated proteomics data from Leishmania donovani (HU3 strain) promastigotes that allowed us to detect 1908 proteins in this developmental stage on the basis of the currently annotated proteins available in public databases. However, when the proteomics data were searched against all possible open reading frames existing in the L. donovani genome, twenty new protein-coding genes could be annotated. Additionally, 43 previously annotated proteins were extended at their N-terminal ends to accommodate peptides detected in the proteomics data. Also, different post-translational modifications (phosphorylation, acetylation, methylation, among others) were found to occur in a large number of Leishmania proteins. Finally, a detailed comparative analysis of the L. donovani and Leishmania major experimental proteomes served to illustrate how inaccurate conclusions can be raised if proteomes are compared solely on the basis of the listed proteins identified in each proteome. Finally, we have created data entries (based on freely available repositories) to provide and maintain updated gene/protein models. Raw data are available via ProteomeXchange with the identifier PXD051920. Full article
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Hope on the Horizon? Aptamers in Diagnosis of Invasive Fungal Infections
by Sadegh Khodavaisy and Jianping Xu
Genes 2024, 15(6), 733; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes15060733 - 3 Jun 2024
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Despite remarkable advances in the diagnosis of invasive fungal infections (IFIs), rapid, specific, sensitive, and cost-effective detection methods remain elusive. Due to their stability, ease of production, and specificity to signature molecules of fungal pathogens, short single-stranded sequences of DNA, RNA, and XNA, [...] Read more.
Despite remarkable advances in the diagnosis of invasive fungal infections (IFIs), rapid, specific, sensitive, and cost-effective detection methods remain elusive. Due to their stability, ease of production, and specificity to signature molecules of fungal pathogens, short single-stranded sequences of DNA, RNA, and XNA, collectively called aptamers, have emerged as promising diagnostic markers. In this perspective, we summarize recent progress in aptamer-based diagnostic tools for IFIs and discuss how these tools could potentially meet the needs and provide economical and simple solutions for point-of-care for better management of IFIs. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: Microbiome Research in Drosophila melanogaster

2. Title: A proteogenomic approach to unravel new proteins encoded in the Leishmania donovani (HU3) genome

3. Title: Comparative Mitogenomics Analysis of Peltigera Species.

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