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    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Bacterial autolysins trim cell surface peptidoglycan to prevent detection by the Drosophila innate immune system

    Magda Luciana Atilano et al.
    To avoid recognition by the immune system, bacteria use autolysins to trim fragments of peptidoglycans that are exposed on the bacterial cell wall.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Perforin-2 is essential for intracellular defense of parenchymal cells and phagocytes against pathogenic bacteria

    Ryan M McCormack et al.
    Perforin-2 deficiency is lethal upon infection with pathogenic bacteria despite the presence of other bactericidal effectors.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A structural mechanism for bacterial autotransporter glycosylation by a dodecameric heptosyltransferase family

    Qing Yao et al.
    Protein heptosyltransferases modify a group of bacterial autotransporters for virulence function and employ a novel structural mechanism for the processive hyperglycosylation of the autotransporter.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Frequent exchange of the DNA polymerase during bacterial chromosome replication

    Thomas R Beattie et al.
    DnaB Helicase is the only stable component of the bacterial replisome as the replicative DNA polymerase frequently exchanges in both leading and lagging strands.
    1. Cell Biology

    Cell Biology: Molecular clue links bacteria to the origin of animals

    Michael G Hadfield
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    Epidemiology: Promiscuous bacteria have staying power

    Ruth C Massey, Daniel J Wilson
    Being able to take up DNA from their environment might allow pneumococcal bacteria to colonize the human nose and throat for longer periods of time.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
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    Metabolism: Division of labor in bacteria

    Alma Dal Co et al.
    The emergence of subpopulations that perform distinct metabolic roles has been observed in populations of genetically identical bacteria.
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    Multiple sources of slow activity fluctuations in a bacterial chemosensory network

    Remy Colin et al.
    Single-cell FRET measurements reveal large temporal activity fluctuations within this signaling pathway in Escherichia coli, caused by stochasticity of receptor methylation combined with allosteric interactions and slow rearrangements within receptor clusters.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Avoidance of stochastic RNA interactions can be harnessed to control protein expression levels in bacteria and archaea

    Sinan Uğur Umu et al.
    Stochastic mRNA and non-coding RNA hybridisation has a major impact on protein expression.