Special Issue "Bacterial Protein Toxins I"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Byoung Sik Kim

Department of Food Science and Engineering, ELTEC College of Engineering, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 03760, Korea
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Interests: bacterial protein toxins; bacterial pathogenesis; host-microbe interaction; microbe-microbe interaction; Vibrio vulnificus

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the ‘post-antibiotics era’, bacterial infection is still one of the biggest concerns that threaten human beings worldwide. Meanwhile, certain pathogenic bacteria significantly affect yields of important livestock, agriculture and aquaculture, which are crucial to meeting the demand of the world’s growing population. Among various virulence determinants of pathogenic bacteria, protein toxins directly adjust the host–pathogen interactions by targeting, disrupting, or modifying the key components of host cells, such as proteins, lipids, glycan, or signaling molecules. Therefore, understanding and exploring the molecular mechanisms of bacterial protein toxins not only offers a new venue for potential therapeutic targets/strategies against bacterial infections, but also provide novel insights into host cells’ defense tactics and molecular physiology. If the activity, efficacy, or target tropism is appropriately controlled, the engineered bacterial protein toxins can also be useful in the fields of basic research and medicine.

In this context, I cordially encourage you to submit original research papers, short communications, or reviews to the current Special Issue, ‘Bacterial protein toxins’. The goal of this Special Issue is to broaden the knowledge of the types, targets and potential mechanisms of bacterial protein toxins, and to advance its biotechnological usefulness based on the structure–function properties. Interesting subjects include, but are not limited to toxin structure and molecular mechanisms, toxin secretion and translocation, molecular pathogenesis, pore-forming toxins, AB-type toxins, RTX toxins, and effector domains.

Dr. Byoung Sik Kim
Guest Editor

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  • Bacterial protein toxin 
  • Toxin structure and molecular mechanisms 
  • Toxin secretion and traslocation 
  • Molecular pathogenesis
  • Pore-forming toxins
  • AB-type toxins
  • RTX toxins
  • Effector proteins

Published Papers

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