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March 2012

Two colonies of C. albicans grown for 19 days on GM-bromocresol green agar, pH 4. The fungus actively raises the pH of its surrounding environment. This alkalinization converts the normally dull green medium to a strong teal blue, whilst the filamentous fringes of the colonies (white) extend away from each other (see Mayer et al., doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002592).

Image Credit: François Mayer, Bernhard Hube, and Duncan Wilson, Department of Microbial Pathogenicity Mechanisms, Hans-Knoell-Institute


An Entomopathogenic Nematode by Any Other Name

Adler R. Dillman, John M. Chaston, Byron J. Adams, Todd A. Ciche, Heidi Goodrich-Blair, S. Patricia Stock, Paul W. Sternberg


A Foot in the Door for Dermatophyte Research

Rebecca Rashid Achterman, Theodore C. White

Mutation and Selection of Prions

Charles Weissmann

Sleeping with the Enemy: How Intracellular Pathogens Cope with a Macrophage Lifestyle

Emily P. Thi, Ulrike Lambertz, Neil E. Reiner

New Insights into Blastocystis spp.: A Potential Link with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Philippe Poirier, Ivan Wawrzyniak, Christian P. Vivarès, Frédéric Delbac, Hicham El Alaoui

Taste for Blood: Hemoglobin as a Nutrient Source for Pathogens

Gleb Pishchany, Eric P. Skaar

Research Articles

In Situ Microscopy Analysis Reveals Local Innate Immune Response Developed around Brucella Infected Cells in Resistant and Susceptible Mice

Richard Copin, Marie-Alice Vitry, Delphine Hanot Mambres, Arnaud Machelart, Carl De Trez, Jean-Marie Vanderwinden, Stefan Magez, Shizuo Akira, Bernhard Ryffel, Yves Carlier, Jean-Jacques Letesson, Eric Muraille

C. elegans Germ Cells Show Temperature and Age-Dependent Expression of Cer1, a Gypsy/Ty3-Related Retrotransposon

Shannon Dennis, Ujwal Sheth, Jessica L. Feldman, Kathryn A. English, James R. Priess

A Novel Mouse Model of Schistosoma haematobium Egg-Induced Immunopathology

Chi-Ling Fu, Justin I. Odegaard, De'Broski R. Herbert, Michael H. Hsieh

HIV-1 Superinfection in Women Broadens and Strengthens the Neutralizing Antibody Response

Valerie Cortez, Katherine Odem-Davis, R. Scott McClelland, Walter Jaoko, Julie Overbaugh

Virulence Regulator EspR of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Is a Nucleoid-Associated Protein

Benjamin Blasco, Jeffrey M. Chen, Ruben Hartkoorn, Claudia Sala, Swapna Uplekar, Jacques Rougemont, Florence Pojer, Stewart T. Cole

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Anthrax Lethal Factor Cleavage of Nlrp1 Is Required for Activation of the Inflammasome

Jonathan L. Levinsohn, Zachary L. Newman, Kristina A. Hellmich, Rasem Fattah, Matthew A. Getz, Shihui Liu, Inka Sastalla, Stephen H. Leppla, Mahtab Moayeri

Comparative Genomics of the Apicomplexan Parasites Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum: Coccidia Differing in Host Range and Transmission Strategy

Adam James Reid, Sarah J. Vermont, James A. Cotton, David Harris, Grant A. Hill-Cawthorne, Stephanie Könen-Waisman, Sophia M. Latham, Tobias Mourier, Rebecca Norton, Michael A. Quail, Mandy Sanders, Dhanasekaran Shanmugam, Amandeep Sohal, James D. Wasmuth, Brian Brunk, Michael E. Grigg, Jonathan C. Howard, John Parkinson, David S. Roos, Alexander J. Trees, Matthew Berriman, Arnab Pain, Jonathan M. Wastling

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Rushika Perera, Catherine Riley, Giorgis Isaac, Amber S. Hopf-Jannasch, Ronald J. Moore, Karl W. Weitz, Ljiljana Pasa-Tolic, Thomas O. Metz, Jiri Adamec, Richard J. Kuhn

Mannose Binding Lectin Is Required for Alphavirus-Induced Arthritis/Myositis

Bronwyn M. Gunn, Thomas E. Morrison, Alan C. Whitmore, Lance K. Blevins, Linda Hueston, Robert J. Fraser, Lara J. Herrero, Ruben Ramirez, Paul N. Smith, Suresh Mahalingam, Mark T. Heise

A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism in Tetherin Promotes Retrovirus Restriction In Vivo

Bradley S. Barrett, Diana S. Smith, Sam X. Li, Kejun Guo, Kim J. Hasenkrug, Mario L. Santiago

The Core Protein of Classical Swine Fever Virus Is Dispensable for Virus Propagation In Vitro

Christiane Riedel, Benjamin Lamp, Manuela Heimann, Matthias König, Sandra Blome, Volker Moennig, Christian Schüttler, Heinz-Jürgen Thiel, Tillmann Rümenapf

Direct Recognition of Fusobacterium nucleatum by the NK Cell Natural Cytotoxicity Receptor NKp46 Aggravates Periodontal Disease

Stella Chaushu, Asaf Wilensky, Chamutal Gur, Lior Shapira, Moran Elboim, Gili Halftek, David Polak, Hagit Achdout, Gilad Bachrach, Ofer Mandelboim

Chemoenzymatic Site-Specific Labeling of Influenza Glycoproteins as a Tool to Observe Virus Budding in Real Time

Maximilian Wei-Lin Popp, Roos A. Karssemeijer, Hidde L. Ploegh

Inactivation of Staphylococcal Phenol Soluble Modulins by Serum Lipoprotein Particles

Bas G. J. Surewaard, Reindert Nijland, András N. Spaan, John A. W. Kruijtzer, Carla J. C. de Haas, Jos A. G. van Strijp

Induced Release of a Plant-Defense Volatile ‘Deceptively’ Attracts Insect Vectors to Plants Infected with a Bacterial Pathogen

Rajinder S. Mann, Jared G. Ali, Sara L. Hermann, Siddharth Tiwari, Kirsten S. Pelz-Stelinski, Hans T. Alborn, Lukasz L. Stelinski

A Peptidoglycan Fragment Triggers β-lactam Resistance in Bacillus licheniformis

Ana Amoroso, Julien Boudet, Stéphanie Berzigotti, Valérie Duval, Nathalie Teller, Dominique Mengin-Lecreulx, André Luxen, Jean-Pierre Simorre, Bernard Joris

E2F1 Mediated Apoptosis Induced by the DNA Damage Response Is Blocked by EBV Nuclear Antigen 3C in Lymphoblastoid Cells

Abhik Saha, Jie Lu, Lise Morizur, Santosh K. Upadhyay, Mahadesh Prasad AJ, Erle S. Robertson

Stage Specific Assessment of Candida albicans Phagocytosis by Macrophages Identifies Cell Wall Composition and Morphogenesis as Key Determinants

Leanne E. Lewis, Judith M. Bain, Christina Lowes, Collette Gillespie, Fiona M. Rudkin, Neil A. R. Gow, Lars-Peter Erwig

HMOX1 Gene Promoter Alleles and High HO-1 Levels Are Associated with Severe Malaria in Gambian Children

Michael Walther, Adam De Caul, Peter Aka, Madi Njie, Alfred Amambua-Ngwa, Brigitte Walther, Irene M. Predazzi, Aubrey Cunnington, Susanne Deininger, Ebako N. Takem, Augustine Ebonyi, Sebastian Weis, Robert Walton, Sarah Rowland-Jones, Giorgio Sirugo, Scott M. Williams, David J. Conway

Nasal Acai Polysaccharides Potentiate Innate Immunity to Protect against Pulmonary Francisella tularensis and Burkholderia pseudomallei Infections

Jerod A. Skyberg, MaryClare F. Rollins, Jeff S. Holderness, Nicole L. Marlenee, Igor A. Schepetkin, Andrew Goodyear, Steven W. Dow, Mark A. Jutila, David W. Pascual

The Novel Candida albicans Transporter Dur31 Is a Multi-Stage Pathogenicity Factor

François L. Mayer, Duncan Wilson, Ilse D. Jacobsen, Pedro Miramón, Katharina Große, Bernhard Hube

Inflammation and Disintegration of Intestinal Villi in an Experimental Model for Vibrio parahaemolyticus-Induced Diarrhea

Jennifer M. Ritchie, Haopeng Rui, Xiaohui Zhou, Tetsuya Iida, Toshio Kodoma, Susuma Ito, Brigid M. Davis, Roderick T. Bronson, Matthew K. Waldor

TGF-β1 Down-Regulation of NKG2D/DAP10 and 2B4/SAP Expression on Human NK Cells Contributes to HBV Persistence

Cheng Sun, Binqing Fu, Yufeng Gao, Xiaofeng Liao, Rui Sun, Zhigang Tian, Haiming Wei

Whole Genome Deep Sequencing of HIV-1 Reveals the Impact of Early Minor Variants Upon Immune Recognition During Acute Infection

Matthew R. Henn, Christian L. Boutwell, Patrick Charlebois, Niall J. Lennon, Karen A. Power, Alexander R. Macalalad, Aaron M. Berlin, Christine M. Malboeuf, Elizabeth M. Ryan, Sante Gnerre, Michael C. Zody, Rachel L. Erlich, Lisa M. Green, Andrew Berical, Yaoyu Wang, Monica Casali, Hendrik Streeck, Allyson K. Bloom, Tim Dudek, Damien Tully, Ruchi Newman, Karen L. Axten, Adrianne D. Gladden, Laura Battis, Michael Kemper, Qiandong Zeng, Terrance P. Shea, Sharvari Gujja, Carmen Zedlack, Olivier Gasser, Christian Brander, Christoph Hess, Huldrych F. Günthard, Zabrina L. Brumme, Chanson J. Brumme, Suzane Bazner, Jenna Rychert, Jake P. Tinsley, Ken H. Mayer, Eric Rosenberg, Florencia Pereyra, Joshua Z. Levin, Sarah K. Young, Heiko Jessen, Marcus Altfeld, Bruce W. Birren, Bruce D. Walker, Todd M. Allen

Differential Function of Lip Residues in the Mechanism and Biology of an Anthrax Hemophore

MarCia T. Ekworomadu, Catherine B. Poor, Cedric P. Owens, Miriam A. Balderas, Marian Fabian, John S. Olson, Frank Murphy, Erol Balkabasi, Erin S. Honsa, Chuan He, Celia W. Goulding, Anthony W. Maresso

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