Agnieszka Maszewska

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Staphylococcus cohnii ssp. cohnii and S. cohnii ssp. urealyticus are a coagulase-negative staphylococci considered for a long time as unable to cause infections. This situation changed recently and pathogenic strains of these bacteria were isolated from hospital environments, patients and medical staff. Most of the isolated strains were resistant to many(More)
Studies of the O-polysaccharide chain of the lipopolysaccharide (O-antigen) of Providencia alcalifaciens O19 by sugar and methylation analyses along with NMR spectroscopy, including 2D 1H,1H COSY, TOCSY, NOESY and 1H,13C HSQC experiments, showed that the pentasaccharide repeating unit of the polysaccharide has the following structure: [structure: see text](More)
INTRODUCTION The genus Providencia belongs to the Enterobacteriaceae family and currently consists of five species: P. alcalifaciens, P. heimbachae, P. rettgerii, P. rustigianii and P. stuartii. The serological classification scheme of P. alcalifaciens, P. rustigianii and P. stuartii includes 63 O-serogroups and 30 H-serogroups. The O-antigenic specificity(More)
Bacteriophages have been of interest as agents combating undesirable bacteria since their discovery nearly 100 years ago. Currently, intensive research is being conducted into two groups of phage enzymes, which cause damage to bacterial cells. The first group includes lysins responsible for breaking down the cell wall in order to release progeny phages and(More)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by P. mirabilis are difficult to cure because of the increasing antimicrobial resistance of these bacteria. Phage therapy is proposed as an alternative infection treatment. The aim of this study was to isolate and differentiate uropathogenic P. mirabilis strain specific polyvalent bacteriophages producing(More)
The O-polysaccharide of Providencia alcalifaciens O35 was studied by sugar and methylation analyses along with (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, including 2D (1)H,(13)C HMBC, and NOESY experiments in D2O and, to detect correlations for NH protons, in a 9:1 H2O/D2O mixture. A unique N-(1-carboxyethyl)alanine (alanopine, Alo) derivative of(More)
A glycerol teichoic acid-like O-polysaccharide was obtained by mild acid degradation of the lipopolysaccharide of Providencia alcalifaciens O8 and studied by chemical methods and NMR spectroscopy, including 2D ROESY, {(1)H,(13)C} HSQC, and HMQC-TOCSY experiments. It was found that the compound contains a new component of bacterial lipopolysaccharides:(More)
The entry of Providencia alcalifaciens into the enterocyte-like cell line Caco-2 compared to HEp-2 was studied. Of the 22 P. alcalifaciens strains, 13 and 21 were invasive for Caco-2 and HEp-2 cells, respectively. In contrast to HEp-2 cells, P. alcalifaciens was internalised by Caco-2 cells via receptor-mediated endocytosis. Tyrosine kinases play an(More)
The O-polysaccharide (O-antigen) of Providencia alcalifaciens O21 was obtained by mild acid degradation of the lipopolysaccharide and studied by chemical methods and NMR spectroscopy. It was found that the polysaccharide is built up of branched pentasaccharide repeating units with a terminal residue of 3-formamido-3,6-dideoxy-D-galactose (D-Fuc3NFo) and has(More)
Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and pertussis vaccines have been found to be insufficient and their further improvement is required. In order to develop improved vaccines, a better understanding of the main pathways involved in the host's protective immunity to the pathogens is crucial. We address the question as to whether the balance between pro- and(More)