- 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
- Jan Maarten van Dijl, University of Groningen
- Philippa Harris, BioMed Central
Aspergillus terreus, (isolate An-4) obtained from sediment in the seasonal oxygen minimum zone in the Arabian Sea, joins a short list of microbes that can store nitrate intracellularly and carry out dissimilatory nitrate reduction when oxygen is absent.
Diversity profiles, which encompass many other indices, provide effective numbers of diversity, and can incorporate taxa similarity information, can provide insights into microbial datasets that are not detectable with classical univariate diversity metrics.
The expression of homology blocks (HBs), in the sequence of Plasmodium falciparum var genes, correlates more strongly with severe malaria disease phenotypes than previous measures and have the potential to link parasite molecular mechanisms to disease outcomes.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa cultures, grown under nutrient-limiting conditions, reach higher cell densities in the microgravity conditions of space than those grown on Earth with implications for the health of crew who work predominantly in this environment.
Coxiella burnetii, a Gram-negative intracellular bacterial pathogen that replicates within a parasitophorous vacuole, secretes multiple proteins that appear to initially require translocation across the inner-membrane into the periplasm via the activity of the Sec translocase.
BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:47
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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.