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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    An NAD+-dependent novel transcription factor controls stage conversion in Entamoeba

    Dipak Manna et al.
    Cellular NAD+ levels change during stage conversion and regulate function of a novel transcription factor that controls developmental switching in the human pathogen Entamoeba histolytica.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Organisms with alternative genetic codes resolve unassigned codons via mistranslation and ribosomal rescue

    Natalie Jing Ma et al.
    Cells resolve unassigned codons with near-cognate suppression, frameshifting, and ribosomal rescue mechanisms, demonstrating that unassigned codons are permissible in both natural and engineered genetic codes as barriers to horizontal gene transfer.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Changes in mRNA abundance drive shuttling of RNA binding proteins, linking cytoplasmic RNA degradation to transcription

    Sarah Gilbertson et al.
    Messenger RNA degradation alters protein trafficking to control transcription.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Tuberculosis: Breaking down walls

    Moagi Tube Shaku, Bavesh Davandra Kana
    A better understanding of the mechanisms underpinning the growth of mycobacteria could help identify targets for new antibiotics.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
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    Peptidoglycan precursor synthesis along the sidewall of pole-growing mycobacteria

    Alam García-Heredia et al.
    Peptidoglycan precursor synthesis occurs in both growing and non-growing regions of the mycobacterial cell surface.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Visualization of the type III secretion mediated Salmonella–host cell interface using cryo-electron tomography

    Donghyun Park et al.
    Visualization of the type III secretion mediated Salmonella-host cell interface reveals the intact translocon and the profound remodeling of the host membrane at unprecedented resolution.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Changes in the genetic requirements for microbial interactions with increasing community complexity

    Manon Morin et al.
    Analysis of the global genetic requirements and gene expression changes in E. coli in the presence of a simple microbiome revealed pairwise and higher-order interactions, and underlying molecular mechanisms.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Concerted IL-25R and IL-4Rα signaling drive innate type 2 effector immunity for optimal helminth expulsion

    Katherine A Smith et al.
    Immune expulsion of helminth parasites is driven by two key pathways mediated by soluble cytokines ligating to the IL-4 and IL-25 receptors acting on innate effector cells throughout the course of infection.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    An essential Staphylococcus aureus cell division protein directly regulates FtsZ dynamics

    Prahathees J Eswara et al.
    GpsB in Staphylococcus aureus directly regulates the central cell division protein FtsZ, a different function from that assigned for GpsB in other closely related organisms.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Kasugamycin potentiates rifampicin and limits emergence of resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis by specifically decreasing mycobacterial mistranslation

    Swarnava Chaudhuri et al.
    Kasugamycin potentiates rifampicin killing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by targeting adaptive mistranslation.