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Mice infected with Citrobacter rodentium represent an excellent model in which to examine immune defenses against an attaching-effacing enteric bacterial pathogen. Colonic tissue from mice infected with C. rodentium harbors increased transcripts for IL-12 and IFN-gamma and displays mucosal pathology compared with uninfected controls. In this study, the role(More)
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) and enterohemorrhagic E. coli are extracellular pathogens that employ a type III secretion system to export translocator and effector proteins, proteins which facilitates colonization of the mucosal surface of the intestine via formation of attaching and effacing (A/E) lesions. The genes encoding the proteins for A/E(More)
Biosurfactants are a class of functional molecules produced and secreted by microorganisms, which play important roles in cell physiology such as flagellum-dependent or -independent bacterial spreading, cell signaling, and biofilm formation. They are amphipathic compounds and comprise a variety of chemical structures, including rhamnolipids, typically(More)
Rhamnolipids have emerged as a very promising class of biosurfactants in the last decades, exhibiting properties of great interest in several industrial applications, and have represented a suitable alternative to chemically-synthesized surfactants. This class of biosurfactants has been extensively studied in recent years, aiming at their large-scale(More)
From 1950 to 1990 a total of 45,862 strains (31,517 isolates from human sources, and 14,345 of non-human origin) were identified at Instituto Adolfo Lutz. No prevalence of any serovars was seen during the period 1950-66 among human sources isolates. Important changing pattern was seen in 1968, when S. Typhimurium surprisingly increased becoming the(More)
The features of Helicobacter pylori antibiotic resistance in Lisbon from 1990 to 1999 were studied. Overall resistance rates to amoxycillin, tetracycline, metronidazole, clarithromycin and ciprofloxacin were 0, 0, 30.6, 19.0 and 9.6%, respectively. The incidence of resistance to clarithromycin was much higher in isolates from children (44.8%) than adults(More)
Serovars of a total of 5,490 Salmonella strains isolated during the period of 1991-95, from human infections (2,254 strains) and from non-human materials (3,236 strains) were evaluated. In the studied period, 81 different serovars were determined among human isolates. Salmonella Enteritidis corresponded to 1.2% in 1991, 2% in 1992, 10.1% in 1993, 43.3% in(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces abundant levels of rhamnolipid biosurfactants which exhibit remarkable chemical and physical characteristics, making these compounds attractive targets for biotechnology research. The complex gene regulation network involved in rhamnolipids' biosynthesis represents a challenge to industrial production, which has been the(More)
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) and enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) possess a filamentous type III secretion system (TTSS) employed to deliver effector proteins into host cells. EspA is a type III secreted protein which forms the filamentous extension to the TTSS and which interacts with host cells during early stages of attaching and effacing(More)
The LEE 4 genes sepL, espA, espD, espB, and espF were detected in 50 strains of typical and atypical enteropathogenic (EPEC) and enterohemorrhagic (EHEC) Escherichia coli by PCR. sepL was amplified in 90%, espA in 94%, espB in 50%, espD in 40%, and espF in 78% of all strains, employing prototype EPEC-based primers. With O26:H−-based primers, espB was(More)