PLOS Pathogens Pearls

7 Magazines | 625 Articles | 621 Followers | @PLOSPearls | Please note that the Flipboard collection will no longer be updated starting January 2017. For the updated PLOS Pathogens Pearls collection, please see the PLOS collection at  PLOS Pathogens presents an Open Access compendium of "lessons-that-last." This living collection of short, educational, and highly useful articles addresses topics of relevance and importance within the wide-ranging field of pathogens research, with insights for trainees and scientists at all career stages. The collection is also found here:

Vibrio vulnificus: From Oyster Colonist to Human Pathogen

by Kelsey E. Phillips, Karla J. F. Satchell

Life Sciences

Convergence of Staphylococcus aureus Persister and Biofilm Research: Can Biofilms Be Defined as Communities of Adherent Persister Cells?

1. Conlon BP, Nakayasu ES, Fleck LE, LaFleur MD, Isabella VM, Coleman K, et al. Activated ClpP kills persisters and eradicates a chronic biofilm …


The Impact of the Gut Microbiota on Humoral Immunity to Pathogens and Vaccination in Early Infancy

by Quang N. Nguyen, Jonathon E. Himes, David R. Martinez, Sallie R. Permar

Life Sciences

Aspartyl Proteinases of Eukaryotic Microbial Pathogens: From Eating to Heating

by Antonio Cassone, Anna Vecchiarelli, Bernhard Hube


Molecular Parasitic Plant–Host Interactions

1. Al-Babili S, Bouwmeester HJ. Strigolactones, a novel carotenoid-derived plant hormone. Annu Rev Plant Biol. 2015;66:161–86. doi: …


Exploitation of the Host Cell Membrane Fusion Machinery by Leishmania Is Part of the Infection Process

by Christine Matte, Albert Descoteaux

Life Sciences

Protein ADP-Ribosylation Takes Control in Plant–Bacterium Interactions

by Baomin Feng, Chenglong Liu, Libo Shan, Ping He

Life Sciences

Evolutionary Paradigms from Ancient and Ongoing Conflicts between the Lentiviral Vif Protein and Mammalian APOBEC3 Enzymes

by Reuben S. Harris, Brett D. Anderson

Life Sciences

Fungal KATs/KDACs: A New Highway to Better Antifungal Drugs?

1. Brown G.D., et al., Hidden killers: human fungal infections. Sci Transl Med, 2012. 4(165): p. 165rv13. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3004404. …

Postharvest Disease of Banana Caused by Fusarium musae: A Public Health Concern?

by David Triest, Marijke Hendrickx

Life Sciences

Chromatin Biology Impacts Adaptive Evolution of Filamentous Plant Pathogens

1. Seidl MF, Thomma BPHJ. Sex or no sex: evolutionary adaptation occurs regardless. Bioessays. 2014;36: 335–345 doi: 10.1002/bies.201300155. …

Building Viral Replication Organelles: Close Encounters of the Membrane Types

by Peter D. Nagy, Jeroen R. P. M. Strating, Frank J. M. van Kuppeveld

Life Sciences

A Sixth Modality of Infectious Disease: Contagious Cancer from Devils to Clams and Beyond

by Michael J. Metzger, Stephen P. Goff

Life Sciences

The Missing Link between Candida albicans Hyphal Morphogenesis and Host Cell Damage

by Duncan Wilson, Julian R. Naglik, Bernhard Hube

Life Sciences

Carrion’s Disease: More Than a Sand Fly–Vectored Illness

by Maria J. Pons, Cláudia Gomes, Juana del Valle-Mendoza, Joaquim Ruiz


Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: An Enemy amidst Us

by Eric F. Kong, Jennifer K. Johnson, Mary Ann Jabra-Rizk


Fungal Super Glue: The Biofilm Matrix and Its Composition, Assembly, and Functions

by Kaitlin F. Mitchell, Robert Zarnowski, David R. Andes


Heptose Sounds the Alarm: Innate Sensing of a Bacterial Sugar Stimulates Immunity

by Ryan G. Gaudet, Scott D. Gray-Owen


Surveillance Immunity: An Emerging Paradigm of Innate Defense Activation in Caenorhabditis elegans

by Read Pukkila-Worley

Life Sciences

Compromised Defenses: Exploitation of Epithelial Responses During Viral-Bacterial Co-Infection of the Respiratory Tract

by Jeffrey A. Melvin, Jennifer M. Bomberger


Rampant Cheating by Pathogens?

by Ethan A. Rundell, Saria A. McKeithen-Mead, Barbara I. Kazmierczak


Harnessing the Microbiome to Prevent Fungal Infections: Lessons from Amphibians

by Jenifer B. Walke, Lisa K. Belden

Life Sciences

Viral Manipulation of Host Inhibitory Receptor Signaling for Immune Evasion

by Eugenia Z. Ong, Kuan Rong Chan, Eng Eong Ooi


Masters of Disguise: Antigenic Variation and the VSG Coat in Trypanosoma brucei

by Monica R. Mugnier, C. Erec Stebbins, F. Nina Papavasiliou

Life Sciences

Standing on the Shoulders of Giant Viruses: Five Lessons Learned about Large Viruses Infecting Small Eukaryotes and the Opportunities They Create

by Steven W. Wilhelm, Samantha R. Coy, Eric R. Gann, Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Joshua M. A. Stough

Life Sciences

Giant Chloroviruses: Five Easy Questions

by James L. Van Etten, David D. Dunigan

Life Sciences

The Buzz about Honey Bee Viruses

by Laura M. Brutscher, Alexander J. McMenamin, Michelle L. Flenniken

Nudix Effectors: A Common Weapon in the Arsenal of Plant Pathogens

by Suomeng Dong, Yuanchao Wang

Life Sciences

Expanding Host Range and Cross-Species Infection of Hepatitis E Virus

by Xiang-Jin Meng


Conquering Neutrophils

by Simon Döhrmann, Jason N. Cole, Victor Nizet