Image of the Day: Tissue Feast

Researchers are taking a close look at the bacterium that causes listeriosis disease.

Dec 5, 2017
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff

Listeria monocytogenes bacteria (red) infecting tissue cells INSTITUT PASTEUR, PARIS Listeria monocytogenes, a cunning bacterium capable of invading different cells in the body, can cause listeriosis, a foodborne disease, in humans and livestock. It uses a network of filaments to travel between cells, a process which researchers have begun to study by investigating how the bacterium infects human epithelial cells.

M. Kortebi et al., “Listeria monocytogenes switches from dissemination to persistence by adopting a vacuolar lifestyle in epithelial cells,” PLOS Pathog, doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1006734, 2017.