Cellular Microbiology

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Edited By: Sergio Grinstein (Editor-in-Chief), Neil Gow, Elizabeth Hartland (Reviews Editor), Jacomine Krijnse Locker, Philippe Sansonetti (Co-Founding Editor), Artur Scherf, Feng Shao, Thierry Soldati, Richard S. Stephens (Co-Founding Editor)

Impact Factor: 4.915

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 18/119 (Microbiology); 53/184 (Cell Biology)

Online ISSN: 1462-5822

Associated Title(s): Molecular Microbiology

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Soluble NSF attachment protein receptor molecular mimicry by a Legionella pneumophila Dot/Icm effector
Nathan P. King et al.

Upon infection, Legionella pneumophila uses the Dot/Icm type IV secretion system to translocate effector proteins from the Legionella-containing vacuole (LCV) into the host cell cytoplasm. The effectors target a wide array of host cellular processes that aid LCV biogenesis, including the manipulation of membrane trafficking. In this study, we used a hidden Markov model screen to identify two novel, non-eukaryotic soluble NSF attachment protein receptor (SNARE) homologs: the bacterial Legionella SNARE effector A (LseA) and viral SNARE homolog A proteins. We characterized LseA as a Dot/Icm effector of L. pneumophila, which has close homology to the Qc-SNARE subfamily. The lseA gene was present in multiple sequenced L. pneumophila strains including Corby and was well distributed among L. pneumophila clinical and environmental isolates. Employing a variety of biochemical, cell biological and microbiological techniques, we found that farnesylated LseA localized to membranes associated with the Golgi complex in mammalian cells and LseA interacted with a subset of Qa-, Qb- and R-SNAREs in host cells. Our results suggested that LseA acts as a SNARE protein and has the potential to regulate or mediate membrane fusion events in Golgi-associated pathways.

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Key Features of Cellular Microbiology

New Editor Sergio Grinstein

Cellular Microbiology wishes to thank Artur Scherf for his tenure as Editor-in-Chief. Sergio Grinstein now assumes the role leading the journal throughout 2015.

Reasons to Publish

Reasons to publish with Cellular Microbiology

  • Reputable team of international editors
  • Expedited review process
  • Time from submission to first decision – 22 days!
  • Fast decision process
  • Online publication immediately after acceptance

Aims & Scope

Cellular Microbiology Aims and Scope

Cellular Microbiology aims to publish outstanding contributions to the understanding of interactions between microbes and eukaryotic cells and tissues in the context of pathogenic or symbiotic relationships, including the use of model hosts. Submission on cell biological aspects of microbes, such as their intracellular organization or the establishment and maintenance of their architecture are also encouraged. Contributions must provide mechanistic insights obtained through imaging, cellular, biochemical, structural or genetic approaches.

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