Adrienne C. Sexton

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Leishmania major is an obligate intracellular eukaryotic pathogen of mononuclear phagocytes. Invasive promastigotes gain entry into target cells by receptor-mediated phagocytosis, transform into non-motile amastigotes and establish in the phagolysosome. Glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored lipophosphoglycan (LPG) is a virulence factor and a major parasite(More)
Eight microsatellite markers were applied to 154 Sclerotinia sclerotiorum isolates from four Australian canola fields, to determine the extent of genetic variation and differentiation in populations of this pathogen. A total of 82 different haplotypes were identified and in each population many haplotypes were unique. Mycelial compatibility grouping, a(More)
Populations of the ascomycete pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum sampled from a canola field were analysed using microsatellite markers. Fifty isolates were collected from ascospore-infested canola petals and, later in the season, another 55 isolates were obtained from stem lesions; these isolates were used to compare inoculum and disease-causing(More)
The natural killer complex (NKC) is a genetic region of highly linked genes encoding several receptors involved in the control of NK cell function. The NKC is highly polymorphic, and allelic variability of various NKC loci has been demonstrated in inbred mice. Making use of BALB.B6-Cmv1r congenic mice, in which the NKC from disease-susceptible C57BL/6 mice(More)
A gene encoding a cyanide hydratase was cloned from an aggressive isolate of Leptosphaeria maculans, the fungus which causes blackleg disease of oilseed Brassica spp. This enzyme catalyses the breakdown of hydrogen cyanide to a less toxic compound, formamide. The predicted amino acid sequence of cyanide hydratase in L. maculans is 77% and 82% identical to(More)
The primary pathophysiological events contributing to fatal malaria are the cerebral syndrome, anemia, and lactic acidosis. The molecular basis of each event has been unclear. In the present study, microarray analysis of murine transcriptional responses during the development of severe disease revealed temporal, organ-specific, and pathway-specific(More)
About 2.5 million people die of Plasmodium falciparum malaria every year. Fatalities are associated with systemic and organ-specific inflammation initiated by a parasite toxin. Recent studies show that glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) functions as the dominant parasite toxin in the context of infection. GPIs also serve as membrane anchors for several of(More)
The plant-pathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum can detoxify cruciferous phytoalexins such as brassinin via glucosylation. Here we describe a multifaceted approach including genome mining, transcriptional induction, phytoalexin quantification, protein expression and enzyme purification that led to identification of a S. sclerotiorum glucosyltransferase(More)
well in certain domains are not always successful in other environments, and some specific strategies used by the USCG may not be applicable in health care (eg, oncoming staff reporting to off-going staff). Nonetheless, much of the underlying philosophy, many of the principles, and some of the specific techniques may well be adoptable (eg, staggered shift(More)