Manipulation of host-cell pathways by bacterial pathogens

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nature (Impact Factor: 41.46). 11/2007; 449(7164):827-34. DOI: 10.1038/nature06247
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Bacterial pathogens operate by attacking crucial intracellular pathways in their hosts. These pathogens usually target more than one intracellular pathway and often interact at several points in each of these pathways to commandeer them fully. Although different bacterial pathogens tend to exploit similar pathway components in the host, the way in which they 'hijack' host cells usually differs. Knowledge of how pathogens target distinct cytoskeletal components and immune-cell signalling pathways is rapidly advancing, together with the understanding of bacterial virulence at a molecular level. Studying how these bacterial pathogens subvert host-cell pathways is central to understanding infectious disease.

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    • "These pathways then work collectively to recognize, take up, and ultimately kill invading pathogens. However, pathogens have evolved diverse strategies for survival and replication under hostile host environments123. Pathogens usually counteract host immune defense and even acquire host nutrition through physical protein–protein interactions (PPIs). "
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    • "Microbial pathogens during interaction with their hosts develop various strategies for invasion and adaptation to manipulate environmental signals of host cells (Bhavsar et al., 2007). One of these strategies is DNA damage or perturbation of the cell cycle machinery of the host to create a better environment for bacterial replication (Mattoo et al., 2007). "
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    • "Such phenotypic shifts would be indicative of fundamental changes to tissue metabolism and local inflammatory/immune cell functions in response to infection. Further, cell intrinsic metabolic programs orchestrated by multiple metabolic sensors, including mTOR, PPARγ, and AMPK, can be manipulated by pathogens for metabolites that support pathogen survival/replication (Bhavsar et al., 2007; Delgoffe et al., 2009; Terry et al., 2012; Eisele et al., 2013; Eisenreich et al., 2013; Ivanov and Roy, 2013; Keating et al., 2013; Xavier et al., 2013). "
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