Special Issue "Carcinogenic and Anti-carcinogenic Bacteria"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Tomasz Karpiński
Guest Editor
Poznań University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For many years, the most known bacterial carcinogen was Helicobacter pylori. With the development of science, especially molecular diagnostics, including NGS, it has been noticed that other bacteria may also be involved in cancer. A particular role is currently attributed to oral pathogens (e.g., Streptococcus sp., Prevotella sp., Fusobacterium sp., Porphyromonas gingivalis, and Capnocytophaga gingivalis). These pathogens can have an impact on the development of oral and esophageal cancers. Many works have also shown that mainly Fusobacterium nucleatum and Porphyromonas gingivalis play an important role in the development of colorectal and pancreatic cancer. On the other hand, already in the nineteenth century, Dr. William Coley presented anti-cancer microbes, now called the Coley’s toxin. Anti-carcinogenic activity may also exert probiotic bacteria (e.g., Lactobacillus sp.). For this Special Issue, we invite you to send original or review papers on aspects of bacterial carcinogenesis and the anti-cancer activity of bacteria.

Assoc. Prof. Tomasz Karpiński
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • carcinogenic bacteria
  • anti-cancer bacteria
  • chronic inflammation
  • antiapoptotic activity
  • cancerogenic substances
  • probiotics
  • pathogenesis
  • virulence factors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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