Special Issue "Vibrio Virulence"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Microbiology and Immunology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 832

Special Issue Editor

Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET), Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Interests: bacterial pathogens; virulence; virulence regulation; vibrios

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vibrios are are curved rod shaped Gram-negative Gammaproteobacteria that are widespread in the aquatic environment, both free-living and in association with eukaryotes. Some vibrios are non-pathogenic (either neutral or symbiotic), whereas others are pathogenic to (aquatic) animals and/or humans, and pathogenicity is a strain- rather than a species-characteristic. In many cases of pathogenic vibrios, they are opportunistic pathogens, i.e. non-obligate and/or non-specialised pathogens of a focal host. Indeed, vibrios are able to reproduce outside of a host and are often able to infect various host types. These characteristics contribute to the widespread problems caused by vibrios as they can reach high densities in the environment surrounding the animals. Pathogenic vibrios produce various virulence factors, i.e. compounds or cell structures that enable them to infect their host. These virulence factors are usually strictly regulated so that they are only produced when needed.

This special issue aims to provide a collection of articles with recent insights into virulence factors, virulence genes, virulence regulatory mechanisms and/or the interference with these mechanisms in vibrios that are pathogenic to animals and/or humans. Studies focusing on symbiotic interactions between vibrios and a host will also be considerd. We welcome the submission of research articles, review articles, and short communications related to various aspects of Vibrio-host interactions.

Dr. Tom Defoirdt
Guest Editor

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  • vibrios
  • pathogenicity
  • virulence factors
  • virulence genes
  • regulatory mechanisms
  • interaction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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