Thomas A Russo et al.
Infection and immunity, 82(6), 2356-2367 (2014-03-26)
Hypervirulent (hypermucoviscous) Klebsiella pneumoniae (hvKP) strains are an emerging variant of "classical" K. pneumoniae (cKP) that cause organ and life-threatening infection in healthy individuals. An understanding of hvKP-specific virulence mechanisms that enabled evolution from cKP is limited. Observations by our...
Laura M van Staalduinen et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(14), 5171-5176 (2014-04-08)
The enzymes PhnY and PhnZ comprise an oxidative catabolic pathway that enables marine bacteria to use 2-aminoethylphosphonic acid as a source of inorganic phosphate. PhnZ is notable for catalyzing the oxidative cleavage of a carbon-phosphorus bond using Fe(II) and dioxygen...
Don-Kyu Kim et al.
Nature medicine, 20(4), 419-424 (2014-03-25)
In response to microbial infection, expression of the defensin-like peptide hepcidin (encoded by Hamp) is induced in hepatocytes to decrease iron release from macrophages. To elucidate the mechanism by which Salmonella enterica var. Typhimurium (S. typhimurium), an intramacrophage bacterium, alters...
Hypoferremia of infection: a double-edged sword?
Kristen L Lokken et al.
Nature medicine, 20(4), 335-337 (2014-04-09)
Eunna Choi et al.
Infection and immunity, 82(6), 2203-2210 (2014-03-20)
In order to survive inside macrophages, Salmonella produces a series of proteins encoded by genes within Salmonella pathogenicity island 2 (SPI-2). In the present study, we report that Fur, a central regulator of iron utilization, negatively controls the expression of...