Angela Berndt

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Day-old chicks are very susceptible to infections with Salmonella enterica subspecies. The gut mucosa is the initial site of host invasion and provides the first line of defense against the bacteria. To study the potential of different S. enterica serovars to invade the gut mucosa and trigger an immune response, day-old chicks were infected orally with(More)
Tissue samples from lungs, pulmonary lymph nodes, large intestine, and uteri of 14 wild boar bagged at a seasonal hunt were examined for the presence of chlamydiae, mycobacteria and mycoplasmas. Nested PCR detected chlamydial DNA in 57.1% of the animals, predominantly in the lung. DNA sequencing identified Chlamydophila psittaci as the predominant species,(More)
To assess long-term effects of naturally occurring infection with Chlamydophila spp. on animal health, 25 calves were grouped according to their chlamydial carrier status and checked for health parameters from 2 to 7 months of age. Monthly PCR testing revealed persistent or frequently recurring infections with Chlamydophila pecorum and Chlamydophila abortus(More)
gammadelta T cells are considered crucial to the outcome of various infectious diseases. The present study was undertaken to characterize gammadelta (T-cell receptor 1(+) [TCR1(+)]) T cells phenotypically and functionally in avian immune response. Day-old chicks were orally immunized with Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis live vaccine or S. enterica(More)
Snail is a regulator of epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT) and considered crucial to carcinoma metastasis, myofibroblast transdifferentiation, and fibroblast activation. To investigate the role of Snail in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), its immunohistochemical expression was analysed in 129 OSCC samples and correlated to nodal metastasis,(More)
Infection models are essential tools for studying microbial pathogenesis. Murine models are considered the "gold standard" for studying in vivo infections caused by Aspergillus species, such as A. fumigatus. Recently developed molecular protocols allow rapid construction of high numbers of fungal deletion mutants, and alternative infection models based on(More)
Despite the fact that, in a number of countries, vaccination programmes are extensively used to control Salmonella infection in poultry, information on the immune mechanisms, especially the cellular response, is still needed. The aim of the study was to characterise the B cell and macrophage response in caecum (IgA+, IgM+, IgG+ cells, macrophages), bursa of(More)
Three cases of atypical pneumonia in individuals working at a poultry slaughterhouse prompted an epidemiological survey in 10 poultry farms that had supplied birds. Using a Chlamydiaceae-specific real-time PCR assay, chlamydial agents were detected in 14 of 25 investigated flocks. Rather unexpectedly, Chlamydophila psittaci was identified only in one of the(More)
gammadelta T cells are distinct with respect to tissue localisation, phenotype and biological functions and similarities between species are not very apparent. To elucidate local and functional heterogeneity of non-stimulated avian gammadelta T cells, the CD8-characterised gammadelta T cell subsets [CD8alpha(+high) (CD8alphaalpha(+) and CD8alphabeta(+));(More)
Alternative models of microbial infections are increasingly used to screen virulence determinants of pathogens. In this study, we investigated the pathogenesis of Candida albicans and C. glabrata infections in chicken embryos infected via the chorio-allantoic membrane (CAM) and analyzed the virulence of deletion mutants. The developing immune system of the(More)