FEMS Affiliates Letter December 2020 - Page 4


In recognition of increased calls for openness and transparency in research , we are excited to announce the launch of two new fully Open Access journals to help meet the latest needs of researchers .

With a range of innovative policies such a scoop protection and transparent peer review , microLife and FEMS Microbes will be supporting the microbiology community and reflecting the latest advances in scientific publishing . ​ microLife

As the journal of the European Academy of Microbiology ( EAM ), microLife will be the platform for leading experts in microbiology , publishing outstanding papers of the highest standard , novelty , and significance . Submissions welcome .
Editors-in-Chief : Axel Brakhage , Carmen Buchrieser , Matthias Horn , and Paula Traktman

The First Research Paper

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A global data-driven census of Salmonella small proteins and their potential functions in bacterial virulence
Small proteins are an emerging class of gene products with diverse roles in bacterial physiology . However , a full understanding of their importance has been hampered by insufficient genome annotations and a lack of comprehensive characterization in microbes other than Escherichia coli .
In this paper , the authors used small protein ' omics ' datasets to find over 100 novel genes coding for proteins in Salmonella . This integrative approach also suggested a new role for the small protein MgrB ( beyond its known function in regulating PhoQ ) in regulating the Salmonella transcriptome and proteome under infection-relevant conditions .
The study highlights the power of interpreting available ‘ omics ’ datasets with a focus on small proteins , and may serve as a blueprint for a data integration-based survey of small proteins in diverse bacteria .
Elisa Venturini , Sarah L Svensson , Sandra Maaß , Rick Gelhausen , Florian Eggenhofer , Lei Li , Amy K Cain , Julian Parkhill , Dörte Becher , Rolf Backofen , Lars Barquist , Cynthia M Sharma , Alexander J Westermann , and Jörg Vogel
DOI : doi . org / 10.1093 / femsml / uqaa002 >