Special Issue "Virulence Potential and Rapid Screening of Enteric Pathogens from the Environment"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Nityannada Chowdhury
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Guest Editor
Medical University of South Carolina
Interests: Bacterial Evolution and Pathogenicity, Host-Bacteria Interactions, Cellular Bacteriology, Bacterial Virulence and Secretion Systems, Biology of Bacterial Persister/Dormant cells, Antibiotic persistence, and persistent infections.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Enteric pathogens are associated with mild to severe forms of diarrheal diseases. Different kinds of exotoxins including enterotoxins and cytotoxins produced by various entric bacterial pathogens are the leading cause of the disease. For example, cholera toxin, heat-labile or heat-stable toxin, and shiga toxin are the major virulence factors of toxigeneic Vibrio cholerae, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, and Shiga toxin producing E. coli and Shigella species, respectively. Bacterial secretion systems especially Type 3 and Type 6 are novel virulence detreminants as well. Colonization and/or invasion of host epithelial cells are prerequisite to virulence, and each bacterium expresses unique colonization factor(s) and metabolic enzymes to overcome the mucus barriers of the intestine. Many pathogens, like V. cholerae employs sialidase/neuraminidas to cleave the terminal silaic from host glycoconjugates/mucin to generate carbon and energy for survival. Contaminated water and foods are major sources of infection by the enteric pathigens. Rapid and effective methods of screening and identification for these pathogens from the suspected environments/samples are thus very important. There are many methods including genetic (PCR, multilocus sequence typing), biochemical, and immunological are currently in use, however, many of them are expensive as they need sophisticated equipments like sequencer, thermal cycler etc, time consuming, and/or have poor accuracy and reproducibility. Therefore, development of rapid, cost-effective, and easy to use techniques are still needed for accurate and definitive identification of enteric pathogens from the environment. Moreover, methods for the identification of dormant bacteria which are tolerant to almost all conventional antibiotics and responsible for recalcitrant of infection are lacking.

To make substantial progress in better understanding the virulence potential or to dscover new virulence detreminats and developing rapid screening methods for enteric pathogens, it is highly encouraged to submit original research Articles, Communications, or Reviews in this special issue of Pathogens. All submitted papers will undergo a standard independent peer-review process.  

Dr. Nityannada Chowdhury
Guest Editor

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  • Enteric Bacteria
  • Pathogens
  • Virulence
  • Secretion system
  • Colonization
  • Identification
  • Screening Method
  • Dormant bacteria

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Simultaneous Quantification of Vibrio metoecus and Vibrio cholerae with Its O1 Serogroup and Toxigenic Subpopulations in Environmental Reservoirs
Pathogens 2020, 9(12), 1053; https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens9121053 - 16 Dec 2020
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Vibrio metoecus is a recently described aquatic bacterium and opportunistic pathogen, closely related to and often coexisting with Vibrio cholerae. To study the relative abundance and population dynamics of both species in aquatic environments of cholera-endemic and cholera-free regions, we developed a multiplex [...] Read more.
Vibrio metoecus is a recently described aquatic bacterium and opportunistic pathogen, closely related to and often coexisting with Vibrio cholerae. To study the relative abundance and population dynamics of both species in aquatic environments of cholera-endemic and cholera-free regions, we developed a multiplex qPCR assay allowing simultaneous quantification of total V. metoecus and V. cholerae (including toxigenic and O1 serogroup) cells. The presence of V. metoecus was restricted to samples from regions that are not endemic for cholera, where it was found at 20% of the abundance of V. cholerae. In this environment, non-toxigenic O1 serogroup V. cholerae represents almost one-fifth of the total V. cholerae population. In contrast, toxigenic O1 serogroup V. cholerae was also present in low abundance on the coast of cholera-endemic regions, but sustained in relatively high proportions throughout the year in inland waters. The majority of cells from both Vibrio species were recovered from particles rather than free-living, indicating a potential preference for attached versus planktonic lifestyles. This research further elucidates the population dynamics underpinning V. cholerae and its closest relative in cholera-endemic and non-endemic regions through culture-independent quantification from environmental samples. Full article
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