- Brian Coombes, McMaster University
- Antoine Danchin, AMAbiotics
- 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
- Jan Maarten van Dijl, University of Groningen
- Philippa Harris, BioMed Central
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.
The emetic Bacillus cereus group display sequence diversity and different genomic locations in their cereulide biosynthesis gene clusters, whilst association with mobile genetic elements suggests a key role in the transmission of this toxin gene cluster.
The ability of Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain PA23 to suppress growth of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, a fungal pathogen responsible for stem rot disease, is dependant on the presence of PtrA, a novel LysR-type transcriptional regulator.
BpaC, an autotransporter adhesion protein found in the pathogenic species Burkholderia mallei and Burkholderia pseudomallei, mediates adherence to respiratory epithelial cells and is expressed in vivo during the course of aerosol infection.
A new spa-typing protocol enables detection of previously “non-typeable” Staphylococcus aureus strains allowing patients colonized by both formerly non-typeable and typeable strains to be correctly identified allowing a more accurate picture of mixed carriage prevalence and diversity.
BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:184
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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.