Microbiology & Infection
FEMS in association with two FEMS Member Societies, the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) and the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) have produced a collection of articles called “Microbiology & Infection” in connection with the 5th Joint Conference VAAM Annual Meeting 2017 • 69th Annual Meeting of the DGHM 5–8 March 2017 • Würzburg (Germany).
- Systembiologie, Toxine und Epidemiologie von Clostridium difficile | BIOspektrum
- Propionibacterium acnes inhibits FOXM1 and induces cell cycle alterations in human primary prostate cells | International Journal of Medical Microbiology
- The dormant blood microbiome in chronic, inflammatory diseases | FEMS Microbiology Reviews
- Streptomyces: Mikrobe des Jahres 2016 / Streptomyceten: Relevanz für Ökologie, Medizin und Biotechnologie | BIOspektrum
- Strain-specific impact of the high-pathogenicity island on virulence in extra-intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli | International Journal of Medical Microbiology
- Potential use of probiotic and commensal bacteria as non-antibiotic strategies against vancomycin-resistant enterococci | FEMS Microbiology Letters
- Biosensoren – Die Sensorik der Zelle für die Biotechnologie nutzen | BIOspektrum
- Extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae causing bloodstream infections in rural Ghana, 2007–2012 | International Journal of Medical Microbiology
- Antibiotic resistance genes across a wide variety of metagenomes | FEMS Microbiology Ecology
- Bakterielle Kommunikation: Signale und Signal-inaktivierende Enzyme | BIOspektrum
- The glycolytic enzyme enolase represents a plasminogen-binding protein on the surface of a wide variety of medically important fungal species | International Journal of Medical Microbiology
- Neutrophils in tuberculosis—first line of defence or booster of disease and targets for host-directed therapy? | Pathogens and Disease
More than 3500 microbiologists are members of the Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie (VAAM, Association for General and Applied Microbiology). The VAAM promotes the exchange of scientific information and translates the benefits of microbiological research for the society and the environment. This is achieved by the annual conference in spring representing all areas of microbiology, as well as through special conferences on specific microbiological topics. The members’ journal BIOspektrum is published seven times a year, offering the full spectrum of biological sciences.
The German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology is one of the oldest specialized societies in the areas of recognition, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. The affiliated International Journal of Medical Microbiology publishes research articles and reviews dealing with molecular mechanisms of pathogenicity and evolution of pathogens
Federation of European Microbiological Societies
FEMS, the Federation of European Microbiological Societies – promotes excellence and diversity in science to help solve societal problems around microbiology. It does this by funding research, publishing journals, and by building a growing, collaborative network
- Biospektrum http://www.biospektrum.de/
- International Journal of Medical Microbiology http://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-journal-of-medical-microbiology
- FEMS journals https://academic.oup.com/fems-journals
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global problem hindering treatment of bacterial infections, rendering many aspects of modern medicine less effective. AMR genes (ARGs) are frequently located on plasmids, which are self-replicating elements of DNA. They are often transmissible between bacteria, and some have spread globally. Novel strategies to combat AMR are needed, and plasmid curing and anti-plasmid approaches could reduce ARG prevalence, and sensitise bacteria to antibiotics. Currently, there is a general lack of in vivo curing options. This review highlights this important shortfall, which if filled could provide a promising mechanism to reduce ARG prevalence in humans and animals. Plasmid curing mechanisms which are not suitable for in vivo use could still prove important for reducing the global burden of AMR, as high levels of ARGs exist in the environment.