Dana E. Reed

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Burkholderia pseudomallei is a Gram-negative bacillus that is the causative agent of melioidosis. The bacterium is inherently resistant to many antibiotics and mortality rates remain high in endemic areas. The lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and capsular polysaccharide (CPS) are two surface-associated antigens that contribute to pathogenesis. We previously(More)
The interaction between the O-chain from the lipopolysaccharide from Burkholderia anthina and a lipopolysaccharide-specific monoclonal antibody (5D8) has been studied at high resolution by NMR spectroscopy. In particular, the 5D8-bound epitope of the saccharide entity has been unraveled by a combination of saturation transfer difference (STD) and(More)
Rat blood and various tissues were analyzed for levels of isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN), an antianginal drug, after the administration of 14C-labeled compound. Unaltered [14C]ISDN was found in all tissues analyzed and in the circulating blood for up to 4 hours after p.o. or i.v. administration. These results clearly show that ISDN is not completely degraded(More)
Bacterial capsules are common targets for antibody-mediated immunity. The capsule of Bacillus anthracis is unusual among capsules because it is composed of a polymer of poly-γ-d-glutamic acid (γdPGA). We previously generated murine IgG3 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to γdPGA that were protective in a murine model of pulmonary anthrax. IgG3 antibodies are(More)
Immunoglobulin G3 (IgG3) is the predominant IgG subclass elicited in response to polysaccharide antigens in mice. This specific subclass has been shown to crosslink its fragment crystallizable (Fc) regions following binding to multivalent polysaccharides. Crosslinking leads to increased affinity through avidity, which theoretically should lead to more(More)
Burkholderia pseudomallei is a soil-dwelling bacterium and the causative agent of melioidosis. Isolation of B. pseudomallei from clinical samples is the "gold standard" for the diagnosis of melioidosis; results can take 3-7 days to produce. Alternatively, antibody-based tests have low specificity due to a high percentage of seropositive individuals in(More)
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