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The battle for chitin recognition in plant-microbe interactions
Fungal cell wall chitin is a well-known inducer of immune responses in plants, so plant-associated fungi that include pathogens as well as endophytes and mutualists evidently evolved various strategies to overcome detection and activation of immune responses, including alterations in the composition of cell walls, modification of their carbohydrate chains and secretion of effectors to provide cell wall protection or target host immune responses.
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Receptors and routes of dengue virus entry into the host cells
This review addresses the structural rearrangements of dengue virus proteins and their functions during virus entry into the host cells, exploring (a) the cellular elements involved in virus binding to mammalian and mosquito cells, (b) the internalization routes that ultimately lead to virus entry into the cell and (c) the mechanisms by which viral genome gain access to the cytoplasm, including original insights from our recent work that supports the hypothesis that the capsid protein has a role in this process.
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Microbial ecology of hot desert edaphic systems
This review surveys the latest research on the structure and function of microbial communities in hot desert terrestrial biotopes (which include soils, cryptic and refuge niches and plant-root-associated microbes) and the processes that govern their assembly.
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Regulation of gene uptake CRISPR
The bacterial adaptive immunity system CRISPR-CAS is one example of a novel and fascinating system. It is involved not only in controlling invasion of foreign DNA but more generally in the control of endogenous gene expression.

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New Editor: Oscar Kuipers

Oscar Kuipers is professor of Molecular Genetics of Prokaryotes at the University of Groningen, and  a member of the of the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute. The Molecular Genetics group studies the physiology and gene regulation in Gram-positive bacteria, with a keen eye on biotechnological applications. Major fields of research are on the elucidation of underlying mechanisms leading to heterogeneity in bacterial populations, on food applications and on the development of novel antibiotics. Kuipers studied Biology at Utrecht University and in 1990 gained his PhD in the department of Biochemistry of the same university. After that, he worked at NIZO Food Research in Ede and at the Top Institute for Food and Nutrition in Wageningen.