FEMS Microbiology Letters
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Editor's Choice: Arnoud van Vliet
Successful bacterial pathogens often produce virulence factors interfering with essential pathways of their eukaryotic hosts. Tilley and colleagues have identified a novel virulence factor of the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii which interferes with blood clotting, and importantly, is absent from two type strains, highlighting the importance of investigating multiple isolates.
Campylobacter species, especially C. jejuni, are the most common cause of bacterial gastroenteritis. The authors review the role of environmental survival in the transmission of this pathogen to humans.