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Special Issue "Bacterial Spores"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ezio Ricca
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Guest Editor
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy
Interests: bacterial spores; spore structure; Bacillus; probiotics; spore-display
Prof. Dr. Simon M. Cutting
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Co-Guest Editor
Royal Holloway University of London
Interests: Bacillus; spore formers; Clostridium difficile; vaccines; probiotics
Prof. Dr. Imrich Barak
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Co-Guest Editor
Institute of Molecular Biology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Interests: bacterial sporulation; spore coat; bacterial cell division; programmed cell death

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will follow the 9th European Spores Conference, which will be held in Naples, Italy, on 15–17 April 2020 (www.sporesconference.org). Selected topics from those presented at the conference will be the core of this Special Issue on “Bacterial Spores”, focused on basic and applied research on spore-forming bacteria, mainly belonging to the Bacillus and Clostridium genera.

For many years, spore formers have been considered to be model systems to study gene expression, microbial differentiation, and formation of complex subcellular structures. Besides remaining powerful models, spore formers have recently received growing attention because of the possible use of spores as probiotics, mucosal delivery systems, and live nanobiotechnological tools with multiple potential applications. In addition, spore formers of some species, including C. difficile and B. cereus, are involved in a number of diseases and have been linked to foodborne outbreaks.

Based on these considerations, this Special Issue will gather papers from a number of leading scientists in the field, which is a very active area of basic microbiology research with a strong impact on applied sciences, ranging from health to food safety to bioremediation.

Prof. Dr. Ezio Ricca
Prof. Dr. Simon M. Cutting
Prof. Dr. Imrich Barak
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • bacterial spores
  • spore structure
  • spore formers
  • Bacillus
  • Clostridium
  • probiotics

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