Special Issue "Fungal-Bacterial Interactions: Current Knowledge and Future Perspectives"

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Paul L. Fidel, Jr.

Department of Oral and Craniofacial Biology, School of Dentistry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Interests: pathogenesis of mucosal Candida infections
Guest Editor
Dr. Mairi C. Noverr

Department of Prosthodontics and Oral and Craniofacial Biology, Dental School, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Interests: pathogenesis of mucosal Candida infections

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fungal–bacterial interactions are increasing being recognized as clinically important, especially in the field of medical mycology. Accordingly, the increased awareness has led to more research in the areas of pathogenesis, pathogen interactions, host response, treatments, drug resistance, microbiome, etc., for combinations of medically important fungi and bacteria with clinical implications. While a vast majority of the current literature is centered on Candida with an array of bacteria, other fungal pathogens are beginning to be studied in conjunction with bacteria, including Aspergillus, Mucorales, and Cryptococcus. Hence, it is timely to dedicate a special issue to research surrounding fungal-bacterial interactions that can be used to better understand and appreciate how these cross-Kingdom microbes interact for their benefit, and to compare/contrast research observations for the various microbial combinations. Based on the relative infancy of the field overall, the concept of this Special Issue is to publish a series of ‘perspective’ papers that not only collate the current advances regarding the interactions of a number of different fungal-bacterial pairs but extends this to include important questions or gaps in knowledge that should be addressed in the future. We are in hopes that this issue may serve as a preeminent resource for the current status of the field and a catalyst for investigating additional clinically relevant fungal-bacterial combinations.


Paul L. Fidel, Jr.
Mairi C. Noverr
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Fungal–bacterial interactions
  • Candida
  • Mucor
  • Aspergillus
  • Staphylococcus
  • Enterococcus
  • Pseudomonas
  • Acinetobacter
  • Streptococcus

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

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.

Dr. Paul Fidel and Dr. Mairi C. Noverr, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Polymicrobial intra-abdominal infection: Candida/Staphylococcus synergism promotes lethal sepsis

Dr. Brian Peters, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Inter-Kingdom transcriptional dynamics of polymicrobial intra-abdominal infection yields insight into staphylococcal alpha toxin-mediated pathogenesis

Dr. Anne Beauvais, Institut Pasteur
Interactions between Aspergillus fumigatus and the pulmonary microbiota

Dr. Ilse Jacobsen, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology
Interactions between Candida and Enterococcus

Dr. Carolina Pohl, University of the Free State
Beyond antagonism: the interaction between Candida species and Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Dr. Sarah Coulthurst, University of Dundee
Dr. Janet Quinn, Newcastle University
A new front in microbial warfare - delivery of antifungal effectors by the Type VI Secretion system

Dr. Anna Dongari-Bagtzoglou, University of Connecticut
Crossing the line: commensals turned pathobionts in oropharyngeal candidiasis

Dr. Jim Kronstad and Dr. Francois Mayer, University of British Columbia
Interactions between Cryptococcus species and bacteria


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