Special Issue "Intracellular Bacterial Pathogens and Virulence"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Stephanie Shames
Guest Editor
Division of Biology, Kansas State University
Interests: host–pathogen interactions; bacterial effectors; Legionella species; innate immunity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Intracellular bacterial pathogens are a highly diverse and medically relevant group of pathogens. Replication within host cells occurs through hijack and evasion of highly evolved degradative and cell-autonomous host cell pathways. Intracellular bacterial pathogens have evolved to replicate within specialized membrane-bound compartments or within the host cell cytosol. Pathogen-encoded virulence factors, such as secreted proteins, translocated effectors, and cell surface macromolecules permit evasion of host cell defenses and replication within host cells. Studies of virulence factors from intracellular pathogens have provided insight into potential antivirulence therapeutics, host cell biology, and cell autonomous defenses.

This Special Issue of Pathogens is focused on strategies used by intracellular bacterial pathogens to replicate within host cells. We invite you to submit primary research articles, review articles, or commentaries related to the broad scope of intracellular bacterial pathogen virulence strategies, virulence factor function, and the challenges of treating infection. This issue will complement the current literature on intracellular bacterial pathogens and their diverse virulence strategies.

We look forward to your contribution.

Dr. Stephanie Shames
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • pathogenicity
  • intracellular bacteria
  • virulence
  • infection
  • virulence factors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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