Bruno Cuzzi

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The Burkholderia cepacia Complex assembles at least eighteen closely related species that are ubiquitous in nature. Some isolates show beneficial potential for biocontrol, bioremediation and plant growth promotion. On the contrary, other strains are pathogens for plants and immunocompromised individuals, like cystic fibrosis patients. In these subjects,(More)
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are part of the weapons used by the immune system to kill and degrade infecting microorganisms. Bacteria can produce macromolecules, such as polysaccharides, that are able to scavenge ROS. Species belonging to the Burkholderia cepacia complex are involved in serious lung infection in cystic fibrosis patients and produce a(More)
Burkholderia vietnamiensis belongs to the Burkholderia cepacia complex and is an opportunistic pathogen for cystic fibrosis patients. As many other Burkholderia species, it has a mucoide phenotype, producing abundant exopolysaccharide. In general, polysaccharides contribute to bacterial survival in a hostile environment, are recognised as virulence factors(More)
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a non-fermenting Gram-negative microorganism capable of causing chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis patients and its ability to form biofilms on polystyrene and glass surfaces, as well as on cystic fibrosis-derived bronchial epithelial IB3-I cells was recently demonstrated. The latter evidence might explain the(More)
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