REGULATORY RNAS IN BACTERIAL PATHOGENICITY: NEW TARGETS FOR ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES


ACRONYM

COST-RNAs

PROJECT SUMMARY

Bacterial infections continue to be a serious health problem worldwide and research to understand and combat
bacterial infections remains indispensibale and needs major considerable further efforts. Alternative
approaches are needed to address this major important concern in novel ways. In the past years, a very high
number of regulatory RNAs have been discovered. Many of these control bacterial pathogenicity and the
adaptation of bacteria to environmental changes and to their hosts. However, these studies have only been
performed in a few model organisms and are still in an initial state. It is now urgent to widen the scope of the
present research to include all major human pathogens focusing on common mechanisms between pathogens
and identifying pathogen-specific targets. This COST Action connects European research groups from
different disciplines working on regulatory RNAs in a large number of different human pathogens. The aim of
this COST Action is to bring these experts together allowing synergy between the different approaches to a
common goal: to increase basic knowledge on the regulation of bacterial pathogenicity on a genomic scale in
order to identify novel targets to develop novel therapies. This COST Action will boost a novel fast expanding
research area by especially promoting young investigators.

FURTHER DETAILS

Applicant University of Vienna, Austria
Coordinator Prof. Renée Schroeder, Department of Biochemistery
Number of partners 39 partners from Austria, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
PUNKT's responsibilities Creation of the proposal’s concept, composition of the expository, and financial considerations of the project, project-coordination, -organisation and -communication with all partners.
Status funded but will not be implemented
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