Special Issue "Effects of Microbial Toxins and Virulence Factors on Disease and Inflammation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).
Microbial toxins and virulence factors are molecular weapons used by microbes to hijack host cellular signaling pathways and increase their pathogenic potential. Different organisms use many virulence factors and toxins targeting a large array of host cell signaling pathways leading to the expression of immune responses specifically aimed toward the invading microbe. Recent findings have shown that various hosts from plant to metazoans have the ability to detect these microbial factors and mount an immune response that could be protective or detrimental if disregulated.
The aim of this Special Issue is to gather information that could expand the knowledge on the host-pathogen interaction with regards to toxins and virulence factors. This interplay between the pathogen and its host is the focus of this monograph that intend to describe the different measures and countermeasures developed by these two partners allowing in fine to either kill the host or destroy the microbe for its own survival. We will consider original papers focusing on how toxins and virulence factors effects are favoring diseases as well as papers focusing on how the host immunity is responding to toxins and virulence factors. Papers adresssing these questions in various host models are welcome. Mini reviews focusing on the current knowledge of any of the mentioned topics will be also welcomed.
Dr. Laurent Boyer
Dr. Patrick Munro
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- virulence factors
- innate immunity
- host-pathogen interactions