- Stéphane Aymerich, INRA
- Stephen Forsythe, Nottingham Trent University
- Igor Mokrousov, St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute
- Tracy Raivio, University of Alberta
- Raffaele Zarrilli, Università di Napoli Federico II
- Jizhong Zhou, University of Oklahoma
- Philippa Harris, BioMed Central
Farmer and non-farmer clones of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum do not differ in their ability to consume novel toxic strains of E. coli with increased numbers of bacteria or amoebae improving their respective likelihood of competitive victory over the other.
The human saliva microbiome shows distinct differences between populations living in different climate and geographic regions, indicating that location must be taken into account when defining the global salivary microbiome for health and disease studies.
The denitrifying alphaproteobacterium Magnetospirillum sp. pMbN1 shows a preference for benzoate over succinate and 4-methylbenzoate when grown under anaerobic conditions, in contrast to other bacterial strains studied, and may reflect a tuning towards metabolic efficiency.
Contrary to previous results the zoonotic pathogen Brucella melitensi, like Brucella abortus, does not subvert the the classical macroautophagy pathway to reach its replicative niche or to stimulate its replication.
Closely related bacteria from a monophyletic clade of symbionts (‘Candidatus Streptomyces philanthi’) found in solitary digger wasps can experience very different evolutionary trajectories in response to the symbiotic lifestyle, which is reflected in different degrees of metabolic versatility and host-dependency.
BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:303
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Section Editor’s profile
Antoine Danchin is the President and Chief Scientific Officer of AMAbiotics. Prior to this he was director of the Department Genomes and Genetics at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Prof Danchin has also been heavily involved in international collaborations such as the creation of the HKU-Pasteur Research Centre in Hong Kong where he furthered his interest in genomic bioinformatics. His most recent work focuses on bacterial genomic organization and synthetic biology with emphasis on the critical role of metabolism.