Buried Treasure: Evolutionary Perspectives on Microbial Iron Piracy.

@article{Barber2015BuriedTE,
  title={Buried Treasure: Evolutionary Perspectives on Microbial Iron Piracy.},
  author={Matthew F Barber and Nels C. Elde},
  journal={Trends in genetics : TIG},
  year={2015},
  volume={31 11},
  pages={
          627-636
        }
}
Host-pathogen interactions provide valuable systems for the study of evolutionary genetics and natural selection. The sequestration of essential iron has emerged as a crucial innate defense system termed nutritional immunity, leading pathogens to evolve mechanisms of 'iron piracy' to scavenge this metal from host proteins. This battle for iron carries numerous consequences not only for host-pathogen evolution but also microbial community interactions. Here we highlight recent and potential… CONTINUE READING
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