Bacterial pathogenesis

Bacterial pathogenesis is the process by which bacteria infect and cause disease in a host. Not all bacteria are pathogens and have the ability for pathogenesis (also known as virulence).

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Research Highlights |

    A new study combining video microscopy and computer models shows that rare pioneer bacteria contribute to Listeria monocytogenes spread.

    • Ursula Hofer
  • Research Highlights |

    A recent study reports a model for Pseudomonas aeruginosa surface colonization that creates phenotypic diversity to enhance spread and virulence.

    • Ashley York
  • Research Highlights |

    This study shows that in the non-growing, antibiotic-tolerant state, Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium actively subverts host cells to promote survival during antibiotic exposure, persistent infections and long-term survival.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • News and Views |

    Streptococcus pneumoniae strains colonizing the nasopharynx use quorum sensing and fratricide to outcompete incoming strains, thereby retaining ownership of the host. This occurs via activation of the competence regulon, induction of lytic proteins, and turning the invader into a source of DNA for genetic exchange.

    • James C. Paton
    •  & Claudia Trappetti