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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Reciprocal virulence and resistance polymorphism in the relationship between Toxoplasma gondii and the house mouse

    Jingtao Lilue et al.
    Mechanisms that enable wild mice to survive infection with strains of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite virulent enough to kill laboratory mice offer an explanation for how these parasites have been able to persist in the mouse population.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A long-term epigenetic memory switch controls bacterial virulence bimodality

    Irine Ronin et al.
    Hysteretic switching between virulence states has been observed in a human pathogen.
    1. Ecology

    Harbouring public good mutants within a pathogen population can increase both fitness and virulence

    Richard J Lindsay et al.
    Cooperation theory and a novel synthetic infection system provides a mechanistic understanding of why a seemingly successful disease management strategy can have devastating consequences for infected hosts.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    A transmission-virulence evolutionary trade-off explains attenuation of HIV-1 in Uganda

    François Blanquart et al.
    Analysis of epidemiological data reveals that viral loads in newly HIV-1 infected individuals in Uganda have declined for two decades, and evolutionary modelling shows that attenuation of the virus explains this decline.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Acidic pH and divalent cation sensing by PhoQ are dispensable for systemic salmonellae virulence

    Kevin G Hicks et al.
    Receptor recognition of antimicrobial peptides is important for Salmonellae to survive inside macrophages and cause disease.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Plant Biology

    A secreted Ustilago maydis effector promotes virulence by targeting anthocyanin biosynthesis in maize

    Shigeyuki Tanaka et al.
    A fungal effector secreted by the corn smut pathogen increases the virulence of the pathogen by elevating anthocyanin production and reducing lignification in maize.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Plant Biology

    Plant Pathology: Plasmid-powered evolutionary transitions

    Ryan A Melnyk, Cara H Haney
    The acquisition of a virulence plasmid is sufficient to turn a beneficial strain of Rhodococcus bacteria into a pathogen.
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    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Plant Biology

    Evolutionary transitions between beneficial and phytopathogenic Rhodococcus challenge disease management

    Elizabeth A Savory et al.
    The horizontal acquisition of virulence plasmids is potentiated by production practices in plant nurseries and is sufficient to transition Rhodococcus from being beneficial to being pathogenic.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Reconstitution of bacterial autotransporter assembly using purified components

    Giselle Roman-Hernandez et al.
    A complex that catalyzes the membrane integration of β barrel proteins and a molecular chaperone promote the complete assembly of a bacterial virulence factor in vitro.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    An orphan cbb3-type cytochrome oxidase subunit supports Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm growth and virulence

    Jeanyoung Jo et al.
    During growth in biofilms and host infection, the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa employs respiratory heterocomplexes that support extracellular electron shuttling and pathogenicity.

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