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MicrobiologyOpen Publishes its First Issue

March 15, 2012

MicrobiologyOpen coverThe first issue of MicrobiologyOpen has now been published. This brings together a number of papers which have been published in EarlyView since the beginning of 2012. Papers will continue to be published on a rolling basis for this journal.

This inaugural issue includes the paper Antimicrobial metallic copper surfaces kill Staphylococcus haemolyticus via membrane damage by Christophe Espírito Santo and colleagues. This study reports the molecular mechanisms by which Staphylococcus haemolyticus is inactivated by metallic copper and support a model which suggests that metallic copper is not genotoxic and does not kill via DNA-damage.

A second highlight is XatA, an AT-1 autotransporter important for the virulence of Xylella fastidiosa Temecula1 by Ayumi Matsumoto and colleagues. Xylella fastidiosa Temecula1 is the causative agent of Pierce’s disease of grapevine. This paper examines the localization and the genetic and biochemical properties of the AT-1 autotransporter protein XatA. XatA mutants show a significant decrease in Pierce’s disease symptoms when infected into grapevines and are not transmitted as efficiently by the insect vector, indicating the importance of XatA in X. fastidiosa virulence.

We look forward to receiving more top papers throughout 2012. Submit your article here.

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