[Erh-Min Lai] Review: Recipient susceptibility factors involved in interbacterial competition

Bacteria have evolved many effector proteins that can kill or inhibit other bacteria (known as recipient/prey bacteria) fighting for limited environmental resources like nutrients and space. Effector proteins can recognize specific recipient susceptibility factors (RS factors) which enhance their toxicity or their entry into the prey bacteria. Research Fellow Erh-Min Lai, her former Postdoc Hsiao-Han Lin (currently a Postdoc in Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in the USA), and Professor Alain Filloux at Imperial College London published a review on the RS factors. The review summarizes current knowledge on RS factor's and their molecular mechanisms, strategies for identifying novel RS factors, and provides insight into how filling this knowledge gap would help developing novel antibacterial strategies. This article was published in November in Frontiers in Microbiology: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.603652.