Dennis A Ridenour

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Legionnaires' disease is a potentially lethal pneumonia that is primarily due to infection by the species Legionella pneumophila, although more than 40 other species are known. Certain L. pneumophila subgroups, particularly serogroup 1, are associated with the majority of the epidemics. The genetic bases for these differences in virulence have not been(More)
Many respiratory diseases are caused by extracellular bacterial pathogens; however, two very important lung infections are due to intracellular pathogens, Legionnaires' disease and tuberculosis. Legionnaires' disease remains problematic due to our inability to predict where sporadic epidemics will occur and the speed at which the bacterium debilitates its(More)
The ability to infect host cells is critical for the survival and replication of intracellular pathogens in humans. We previously found that many genes involved in the ability of Legionella pneumophila to infect macrophages are not expressed efficiently under standard laboratory growth conditions. We have developed an approach using expression of L.(More)
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