About this Research Topic
In this Research Topic, we aim to highlight the importance of carbohydrate utilization systems on bacterial survival, emphasizing the molecular and cellular mechanisms used by pathogenic bacteria to establish and maintain the infection in the human host. The aim is to include genetic, genomic, and phenotypic analyses on single bacterial pathogens but also on the complex multicellular environment of the microbiota. As the carbon source is quantitatively the most abundant metabolic component its impact on within-host bacterial metabolism can be effectively tested. Such insight is aimed at providing an alternative point of view of the complex interaction of bacteria and the human host potentially leading to the identification of novel drug and vaccine targets.
The scope of this Research Topic includes, but is not limited to, the following research areas:
1. The role of bacterial metabolism in host infection (adhesion, invasion, and survival within the host)
2. Bacteria/host metabolic pathways that contribute to pathogenesis.
3. The role of genomic variation in bacterial pathogenesis and sugars uptake.
4. The role of carbon source utilization in the human microbiota
Keywords: Sugar, Bacteria pathogenesis, Infection, Microbiota, Metabolic Pathways
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