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Nonencapsulated Haemophilus influenzae frequently persists in the lungs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis (CF) patients for prolonged periods of time. The bacteria are not eradicated by antibiotic treatment of the patients or by specific antibodies that are found in the sputum and sera of these patients. We investigated(More)
To investigate the epidemiology of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae in the respiratory tract of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, H. influenzae isolates from sputum specimens of 40 CF patients were analyzed longitudinally for 2 years. The isolates were characterized by analysis of the major outer membrane protein (MOMP) patterns. MOMP variant H. influenzae(More)
Non-capsulate strains of Haemophilus influenzae were genotyped by analysis of variable DNA segments obtained by amplification of genomic DNA with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR fingerprinting). Discrete fragments of 100-2000 bp were obtained. The reproducibility of the procedure was assessed by comparing: (i) the fingerprints of 16 colonies of a single(More)
We investigated the relationship between susceptibility to beta-lactam antibiotics and variation in the major outer membrane protein P2 (OmpP2; also called porin) of persistent nonencapsulated Haemophilus influenzae isolated from cystic fibrosis patients. Nine OmpP2 variants were selected from two distinct H. influenzae strains from two patients extensively(More)
We analyzed the antimicrobial susceptibilities of Haemophilus influenzae isolates from 157 sputum specimens prospectively collected from 39 cystic fibrosis (CF) patients during a 2-year study. These isolates were characterized by random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis and major outer membrane protein (MOMP) analysis to identify H. influenzae strains and(More)
The conformational stability of holo-lipoamide and apo-lipoamide dehydrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii was studied by thermoinactivation, unfolding and limited proteolysis. The oxidized holoenzyme is thermostable, showing a melting temperature, tm = 80 degrees C. The thermal stability of the holoenzyme drastically decreases upon reduction. Unlike the(More)
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