Special Issue "Autophagy in Pathogenic Infection"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817). This special issue belongs to the section "Immunological Responses and Immune Defense Mechanisms".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 53

Special Issue Editor

Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa
Interests: host susceptibility to tuberculosis; inborn errors of immunity; host-pathogen interaction; autophagy; cell biology; human genetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Autophagy is a powerful tool that host cells use to defend against pathogenic infections. Though autophagy has played an essential role in the innate immune response to infection and can recognize intracellular pathogens in a variety of ways, it also has been known that intracellular pathogens can escape the autophagic pathway and survive within the host cells through various strategies. Further research is needed to clarify the role of autophagy in immunity against infections.

This Special Issue aims to provide novel insights into the role of autophagy in pathogenic infections, and discuss the interaction between autophagy and pathogens to explain how autophagy serves multiple roles in infection. We invite experts to submit their recent findings on this issue; both research articles and review articles related to the topic are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Craig Kinnear
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • autophagy
  • pathogen
  • infection
  • pathogenic infection
  • immunity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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