Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 367, Issue 1, pp 141–154 | Cite as

Targeting mitochondria: how intravacuolar bacterial pathogens manipulate mitochondria

  • Laura F. Fielden
  • Yilin Kang
  • Hayley J. Newton
  • Diana Stojanovski


Manipulation of host cell function by bacterial pathogens is paramount for successful invasion and creation of a niche conducive to bacterial replication. Mitochondria play a role in many important cellular processes including energy production, cellular calcium homeostasis, lipid metabolism, haeme biosynthesis, immune signalling and apoptosis. The sophisticated integration of host cell processes by the mitochondrion have seen it emerge as a key target during bacterial infection of human host cells. This review highlights the targeting and interaction of this dynamic organelle by intravacuolar bacterial pathogens and the way that the modulation of mitochondrial function might contribute to pathogenesis.


Mitochondria Intravacuolar bacterial pathogens Protein trafficking Bacterial effector proteins Mitochondrial function 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology InstituteThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and ImmunityThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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