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Gammaherpesvirus Co-infection with Malaria Suppresses Anti-parasitic Humoral Immunity

May 21, 2015

Gammaherpesvirus Co-infection with Malaria Suppresses Anti-parasitic Humoral Immunity

PLOS Pathogens Editor Samuel H. Speck and Tracey J. Lamb

Image credit: Matar CG, Anthony NR, O’Flaherty BM, Jacobs NT, Priyamvada L, Engwerda CR, et al. (2015)

Epstein-Barr Virus and Malaria: A Lethal Combination

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Investigating Fungal Outbreaks in the 21st Century

Fungal outbreaks are more common than most people appreciate, and reports of outbreaks caused by unusual fungal pathogens are increasing. In this Pearls article Anastasia P. Litvintseva and colleagues discuss the role of epidemiology in fungal outbreaks, using molecular genotyping to compliment epidemiological findings, and how whole genome sequence typing can help. They also discuss limitations and future directions.

Image credit: Litvintseva AP, Brandt ME, Mody RK, Lockhart SR (2015)

Investigating Fungal Outbreaks in the 21st Century

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Parasites and Their Heterophagic Appetite for Disease

Heterophagy (literally meaning “other eat”) means the digestion of engulfed material within a cell and thus is distinct from small metabolite absorption by solute transport. PLOS Pathogens Editor Vern B. Carruthers discusses heterophagy's various roles in pathogen virulence, including its role in nutrient uptake and as a

susceptible target for parasites like Plasmodium.

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Parasites and Their Heterophagic Appetite for Disease

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Intestinal Colonization Dynamics of Vibrio cholerae

To cause the diarrheal disease cholera, the bacterium Vibrio cholerae must effectively colonize the small intestine. In this Review, Salvador Almagro-Moreno and colleagues discuss recent developments and known aspects of the early stages of V. cholerae intestinal colonization and highlight areas that remain unknown.

Image credit: Almagro-Moreno S, Pruss K, Taylor RK (2015)

Intestinal Colonization Dynamics of Vibrio cholerae