Special Issue "An Old Foe and Its Relatives: What's New in Pathogenic Corynebacteria"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817). This special issue belongs to the section "Bacterial Pathogens".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022 | Viewed by 113

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Lisa Ott
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Guest Editor
Department Biologie, Alexander Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
Interests: pathogenic corynebacteria; diphtheria; invasive disease; inflammation; cell death; host-immune response; proteomics; virulence factors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Corynebacterium species pathogenic to humans include C. diphtheriae, C. amycolatum, C. striatum, C. jeikeium, C. urealyticum, C. minutissimum, C. ulcerans, C. tenuis, and C. pseudotuberculosis. Zoonotic pathogens, such as C. ulcerans and C. pseudotuberculosis, are mainly found in wild and domestic animals but can be transmitted to humans where they may cause severe diseases. The most common infection caused by pathogenic corynebacteria is diphtheria, which is caused by C. diphtheriae. Bacteremia caused by C. diphtheriae is rare, but in recent years, more and more cases have been reported of strains causing invasive infections in non-immunocompromised humans. Remarkably, the identified strains are mostly non-toxigenic. Obviously, C. diphtheriae remains a risk to human health with a high importance for society.

This Special Issue of Pathogens invites you to submit manuscripts dealing with any aspect of C. diphtheriae and its pathogenic relatives concerning new virulence properties, inflammatory disease, host cell death, and host immune response, including case reports.

Dr. Lisa Ott
Guest Editor

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  • host–pathogen interactions
  • virulence properties
  • inflammation
  • cell death
  • invasive disease
  • cell signaling
  • diphtheria
  • corynebacteria
  • toxigenic
  • non-toxigenic

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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