Special Issue "Bacillus thuringiensis Toxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)
Prof. Dr. Anne-Brit Kolstø
Laboratory for Microbial Dynamics (LaMDa), Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, University of Oslo, Blindern, 0316, Oslo, Norway
Bacillus thuringiensis is the most widely used biopesticide worldwide due to its production of proteinaceous crystal toxins. B. thuringiensis is part of the Bacillus cereus group, and the B. thuringiensis may be very closely related to B. cereus strains. The genes coding for these toxins are usually located on plasmids of varying sizes, ranging from a few kb to several hundred kb. The crystal toxins are most often produced during sporulation, and the toxins are regarded as specific for B. thuringiensis. Like the B. cereus strains, B. thuringiensis have the genes coding for several virulence factors, including enterotoxin genes, and these may well play a role in the pathogenic lifestyle that the B. thuringiensis display against insect larvae hosts. Still the specificity of each B. thuringiensis strain resides in the crystal toxin genes. More than 100 different crystal toxin genes have been identified, in addition to a great number of manipulated and improved toxin genes.
In this Special Issue of B. thuringiensis toxins, we seek new data on all aspects of the crystal toxins and other toxins produced by B. thuringiensis strains. Both new data on gene regulation and toxin structure and mechanisms will be of interest, as will the importance of the toxins in the physiology of the bacteria and the hosts.
Prof. Dr. Anne-Brit Kolstø
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- host specificity of toxins
- toxin gene regulation
- modified toxins
- non-Cry toxins
- toxin stability
- function of cry toxins and other toxins
- toxin structure