Researchers have identified a crucial mechanism by which the chikungunya virus infects host cells and mediates disease severity. This could present a future treatment target for both chikungunya and related viruses.
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The most common cause of fungal meningitis for people with weak immune systems is Cryptococcus. This study aims to investigate the involvement of the autophagy protein 7 in the physiology and pathogenic potential of Cryptococcus neoformans.
Researchers have discovered that a component of the Staphylococcus aureus cell wall appears to be responsible for elevated virulence in community-associated MRSA infections. This mechanism could present a target for novel anti-infective strategies.
The authors of this editorial look back over the work that has been conducted towards developing a universal vaccine for influenza.