Anti-stress mechanisms in archaea: implications for biology and medicine. An update

Everly Conway de Macario1

1Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMD-SOM); and Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), Columbus Center, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA.


1. Abstract
2. Introduction and overview
3. Acknowledgements
4. References


The connections between the Archaea and eukaryotes in matters different from evolution and phylogeny, for example in what pertains to Medicine, have been thought of by many but, in practice, little progress has been made and they are still poorly understood. These connections are explored in this Special Issue of FBS bearing in mind that archaea and eukaryotes, e.g., humans, share important molecular and biochemical characteristics evolutionarily conserved in both. The aim is to elucidate possible links between the biology of archaeal and eukaryotic organisms and, thereby, derive possible applications of archaeal molecules and pathways to elucidate mechanisms of human diseases involving their evolutionarily conserved counterparts.