Anna M. Kolodziejek

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The goal of this study was to characterize the Yersinia pestis KIM OmpX protein. Yersinia spp. provide a model for studying several virulence processes including attachment to, and internalization by, host cells. For Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, Ail, YadA and Inv, have been implicated in these processes. In Y. pestis, YadA and(More)
Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague, is one of the most virulent microorganisms known. The outer membrane protein X (OmpX) in Y. pestis KIM is required for efficient bacterial adherence to and internalization by cultured HEp-2 cells and confers resistance to human serum. Here, we tested the contribution of OmpX to disease progression in the fully(More)
Yersinia pestis grown with physiologic glucose increased cell autoaggregation and deposition of extracellular material, including membrane vesicles. Membranes were characterized, and glucose had significant effects on protein, lipid, and carbohydrate profiles. These effects were independent of temperature and the biofilm-related locus pgm and were not(More)
Yersinia pestis is one of the most virulent bacteria identified. It is the causative agent of plague-a systemic disease that has claimed millions of human lives throughout history. Y. pestis survival in insect and mammalian host species requires fine-tuning to sense and respond to varying environmental cues. Multiple Y. pestis attributes participate in this(More)
Myeloperoxidase (MPO), next to the NO synthase2 (NOS2), and NADPH oxidase, is the key enzyme of the oxidative burst responsible for the antimicrobial immunity. Because MPO participates in the eradication of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the in vitro model and the extracellular enzyme may activate cells to cytokine synthesis, we investigated the changes in(More)
Salmonellae have the ability to invade, persist and replicate within an intracellular phagosome termed the Salmonella-containing vacuole (SCV). Salmonellae alter lipid and protein content of the SCV membrane and manipulate cytoskeletal elements in contact with the SCV using the Salmonella pathogenicity island 1 (SPI-2) type III secretion system effectors.(More)
INTRODUCTION Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a facultative intracellular pathogen that developes specific T cell response expressed by the production of IL-12, IFN-gamma, and TNF-alpha. The response has been quite well investigated in the experimental models, however, there is little information about certain cytokine levels in patients with extrapulmonary(More)
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