PLOS publishes EPI member’s toxin ‘metaeffector’ study
The scientific journal PLOS Pathogens published the paper “Spatiotemporal Regulation of a Legionella pneumophila T4SS Substrate by the Metaeffector SidJ,” which was co-written by Emerging Pathogens Institute member Kwang Cheol (K.C.) Jeong Ph.D. The study found and showed mode of action of one of Legionella toxins that is regulating other toxin’s function to survive in host cells.
“We denominated the toxin’s role as “metaeffector,” Jeong said. “(The article) contains quite interesting findings in pathogenesis mechanisms.”
Jeong serves as an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Department of Animal Science and is part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Jeong also runs The Jeong Lab which strives to provide solutions for animal and human health by understanding host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level.