Anat Herskovits Lab
Our lab of bacterial pathogenesis and cell host interactions is located at Tel Aviv University. We are interested in how intracellular bacterial pathogens manage to survive the mammalian niche and cause infection. We study the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which is a human facultative intracellular pathogen. We specifically ask how is L. monocytogenes metabolically adapted to grow within mammalian cells? How does it sense host derived metabolites and use this information to regulate virulence gene expression? We also ask, how does L. monocytogenes interact with its inhabiting prophages in the course of mammalian infection? Lysogenic phages are parasites, potential ‘molecular time bombs’, yet during mammalian infection they cooperate with their bacterial host. We study phage adaptive behaviours that support the survival of pathogens within the mammalian niche. Our lab combines various computational, biochemical and genetic approaches to decipher these mechanisms.
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Controlled branched-chain amino acids auxotrophy in Listeria monocytogenes allows isoleucine to serve as a host signal and virulence effector.
Moran Brenner, Lior Lobel, Ilya Borovok, Nadejda Sigal, Anat A Herskovits (2018), PLoS Genetics
Temperate bacteriophages as regulators of host behavior
Tal Argov, Gil Azulay, Anna Pasechnek, Olga stadnyuk, Shai Ran-Sapir, Ilya Borovok, Nadejda Sigal and Anat A Heskovits (2017) ,Current Opinion in Microbiology
Metabolic Genetic Screens Reveal Multidimensional Regulation of Virulence Gene Expression in Listeria monocytogenes and an Aminopeptidase That Is Critical for PrfA Protein Activation.
Sivan Friedman, Marika Linsky, Lior Lobel, Lev Rabinovich, Nadejda Sigal and Anat A. Herskovits (2017),Infection and Immunity
Rotem Lichtenstein Wolfheim
Prof. Anat A. Herskovits
School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology.
George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences
Green building, room 107
Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Olga Standyuk, lab manager 03-6407505
Laboratory rooms and phone numbers:
Room 106: Main research lab, 03-6407505
Room 104: Research lab
Room 111: Research lab
Rooms: 101, 105 and 110 are equipment rooms.