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.
The putative autophagy regulator Atg7 affects the physiology and pathogenic mechanisms of Cryptococcus neoformans
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.
Foodborne enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli: from gut pathogenesis to new preventive strategies involving probiotics
Could probiotics be used to treat Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC)? This review discusses ETEC pathogenesis, its modulation by human gastrointestinal cues and novel preventive strategies such as probiotics.
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.