Dhritiman V. Mukherjee

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The causative agent of anthrax, Bacillus anthracis, is capable of circumventing the humoral and innate immune defense of the host and modulating the blood chemistry in circulation to initiate a productive infection. It has been shown that the pathogen employs a number of strategies against immune cells using secreted pathogenic factors such as toxins.(More)
Hemorrhagic meningitis is a fatal complication of anthrax, but its pathogenesis remains poorly understood. The present study examined the role of B. anthracis-secreted metalloprotease InhA on monolayer integrity and permeability of human brain microvasculature endothelial cells (HBMECs) which constitute the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Treatment of HBMECs(More)
BACKGROUND Large outbreaks of Staphylococcus aureus (SA) infections have occurred in correctional facilities across the country. We aimed to define the epidemiological and microbiological determinants of SA infection in prisons to facilitate development of prevention strategies for this underserved population. METHODS We conducted a case-control study of(More)
BACKGROUND Self- administered questionnaires or interviews and medical records are often used as sources of research data; thus it is essential to evaluate their concordance and reliability. The aim of this paper was to assess the concordance between medical and behavioral data obtained from medical records and interview questionnaires in two correctional(More)
iii DEDICATION I dedicate this dissertation to three special individuals, whose inspiration and guidance have sustained me in the pursuit of this path of knowledge: my father Dr. Sakti P. have given me the opportunity, the facilities and funding to work on this research project towards my Ph.D. degree. I like to thank my fellow graduate students for all the(More)
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