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A new view to intracellular pathogens and host responses in the South of Spain

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  • Francisco García-del Portillo,

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    1. Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB-CSIC), Madrid, Spain
    • Francisco García-del Portillo, Tel: +34 91 5854923; Fax: +34 91 5854506

      Pascale Cossart, Tel: +33 1 40 61 30 32; Fax: +33 1 45 68 87 06

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  • Pascale Cossart

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    1. Institut Pasteur, Unité des Interactions Bactéries-Cellules, Paris, France
    2. Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Paris, France
    3. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Paris, France
    • Francisco García-del Portillo, Tel: +34 91 5854923; Fax: +34 91 5854506

      Pascale Cossart, Tel: +33 1 40 61 30 32; Fax: +33 1 45 68 87 06

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Abstract

A workshop on ‘The Biology of Intracellular Bacterial Pathogens’ was held last October in a venue of the International University of Andalusia (UNIA) located in the World Historic Heritage town of Baeza, in the South of Spain. This Workshop gathered leading scientists from around the world to discuss their latest findings related to the mechanisms that intracellular pathogens use to subvert and manipulate host cell functions. The workshop focused on novel aspects that imprint current research in this discipline, including the heterogeneous behaviour of the pathogen at the population level, the host determinants that modulate susceptibility to the infection, the search for new drugs to combat these particular types of infections and also cutting edge technologies based on new imaging approaches and the use of microfluidics. Discussion on these topics provided new insights into the biology of these pathogens and enriched the field with new ideas for understanding why colonization of the intracellular niche of eukaryotic cells is a preferred strategy used by important human pathogens.

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