Special Issue "Cell Cycle Control in Bacterial Pathogens and Model Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Patrick Viollier

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Medicine, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Special Issue Information

It is well established that bacteria feature a distinct cell division cycle and use it to control developmental processes such as differentiation, akin to eukaryotic cells. Recently, it has transpired that the cell cycle can also influence the virulence and infectivity of bacterial cells, along with their ability to deal with stresses imposed by antibiotics that target the cell envelope or the DNA replication process. The understanding that the processes targeted by such antibiotics are not equally active during each phase of the cell cycle, along with the linked differential expression of virulence genes, underscores the critical need to intensify our research efforts to improve our knowledge of how bacteria change their exterior from within. Insights from model systems and clinical isolates are required to find new antibiotic targets, in order to avert the major looming threat of incurable bacterial infections caused by bacteria that outsmart even our latest antibiotics.

This Special Issue on “Cell Cycle Control in Bacterial Pathogens and Model Systems” will publish selected papers from the “BMSV19: Bacterial, Morphogenesis, Survival and Virulence” meeting. All speakers presenting a paper at this conference can submit a manuscript for publication.

Prof. Patrick Viollier
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Divisome
  • DNA replication
  • Chromosome segregation
  • Cell envelope
  • Lipopolysaccharide
  • Pili
  • Flagellum
  • Capsule
  • Peptidoglycan
  • Sporulation
  • Dormancy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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