Andrea Kropec-Huebner

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Conjugative plasmid transfer is the most important means of spreading antibiotic resistance and virulence genes among bacteria and therefore presents a serious threat to human health. The process requires direct cell-cell contact made possible by a multiprotein complex that spans cellular membranes and serves as a channel for macromolecular secretion. Thus(More)
 Infection of the lower airways is a major problem in ventilated patients and contributes substantially to morbidity and mortality in the intensive care unit. The selective decontamination of the digestive tract and its effect on the reduction of the gram-negative colonisation rate in patients has been studied widely. However, the findings are inconsistent.(More)
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