Christine Alberti-Segui

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We have fused the open reading frames of his3-complementing genes from Saccharomyces kluyveri and Schizosac-charomyces pombe to the strong TEF gene promotor of the filamentous fungus Ashbya gossypii. Both chimeric modules and the cognate S. kluyveri HIS3 gene were tested in transformations of his3 S. cerevisiae strains using PCR fragments flanked by 40 bp(More)
We have followed the migration of GFP-labelled nuclei in multinucleate hyphae of Ashbya gossypii. For the first time we could demonstrate that the mode of long range nuclear migration consists of oscillatory movements of nuclei with, on average, higher amplitudes in the direction of the growing tip. We could also show that mitotic division proceeds at a(More)
Conventional kinesin is a microtubule-dependent motor protein believed to be involved in a variety of intracellular transport processes. In filamentous fungi, conventional kinesin has been implicated in different processes, such as vesicle migration, polarized growth, nuclear distribution, mitochondrial movement and vacuole formation. To gain further(More)
The bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) evades the antimicrobial mechanisms of macrophages by escaping from vacuoles to the cytosol, through the action of the cytolysin listeriolysin O (LLO). Because of heterogeneities in the timing and efficiency of escape, important questions about the contributions of LLO to Lm vacuole identity and trafficking(More)
We investigated the role of listeriolysin O (LLO) and the bacterial phospholipases PI-PLC and PC-PLC in cell-to-cell spread of Listeria monocytogenes. We showed that LLO is essential for cell-to-cell spread in primary murine macrophages. Electron micrographs revealed that in the absence of continued LLO expression, bacteria remain trapped in secondary(More)
Cell-surface proteins are attractive targets for the development of novel antifungals as they are more accessible to drugs than are intracellular targets. By using a computational biology approach, we identified 180 potential cell-surface proteins in Candida albicans, including the known cell-surface adhesin Als1 and other cell-surface antigens, such as(More)
We have developed a vaccine strategy for generating an attenuated strain of an intracellular bacterial pathogen that, after uptake by professional antigen-presenting cells, does not replicate intracellularly and is readily killed. However, after degradation of the vaccine strain within the phagolysosome, target antigens are released into the cytosol for(More)
K-antigen capsule synthesis is an important virulence determinant of the oral anaerobe Porphyromonas gingivalis. We previously reported that the locus required for synthesis of this surface polysaccharide in strain W83 (TIGR identification PG0106 to PG0120) is transcribed as a large (∼16.7-kb) polycistronic message. Through sequence analysis, we have now(More)
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