- Brian Coombes, McMaster University
- Antoine Danchin, AMAbiotics
- Stephen Forsythe, Nottingham Trent University
- Tracy Raivio, University of Alberta
- Rino Rappuoli, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics
- Irene Wagner-Dobler, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
- Jan Maarten van Dijl, University of Groningen
- Philippa Harris, BioMed Central
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.
Development of an H7 avian influenza virus (AIV) dual function ELISA, using monoclonal antibodies raised against influenza hemagglutinin, allows sensitive and specific diagnosis of these viruses.
Accurate detection and quantification of mycorrhization helper bacteria (MHB) and mycorrhizal fungi by real-time quantitative PCR assay reveals that the presence of microorganisms and plant roots can affect MHB-fungus interactions in a soil microbial community.
Chebulagic acid (CHLA) and punicalagin (PUG), previously shown to inhibit viral glycoprotein interactions with host cells, have been demonstrated to inhibit infection by a number of human pathogens, including hepatitis C virus and dengue virus.
BMC Microbiology 2013, 13:266
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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.
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