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Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae is an exclusive human pathogen which infects the respiratory epithelium. We have initiated studies to explore the interaction of the nontypeable H. influenzae strain 2019 with primary human airway epithelial cells by electron and confocal microscopy. Primary human airway cell cultures were established as monolayers on(More)
BACKGROUND A new approach in the treatment of cystic fibrosis involves improving the function of mutant cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). VX-770, a CFTR potentiator, has been shown to increase the activity of wild-type and defective cell-surface CFTR in vitro. METHODS We randomly assigned 39 adults with cystic fibrosis and at(More)
The role of the mrkD gene in attachment by a type 3 fimbriate Klebsiella pneumoniae strain was further characterized. A clinical isolate, K. pneumoniae IA565, was found to contain two copies of the gene encoding the fimbrial subunit, mrkA, and one copy of the gene encoding the adhesin subunit, mrkD. One copy of mrkA was located on the bacterial chromosome,(More)
Pneumonia is a serious complication of mechanical ventilation. Pneumonia occurs despite the best efforts at prevention. Multiple methods available to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia are reviewed, and ventilation-associated pneumonia (VAP) is divided into early versus late onset. The authors discuss the organisms associated with each of these(More)
The Klebsiella pneumoniae fimbrial adhesin, MrkD, mediates adherence to the basolateral surfaces of renal and pulmonary epithelia and to the basement membranes of tissues. Although all isolates possessing the MrkD adhesin mediate the agglutination, in vitro, of erythrocytes treated with tannic acid, the mrkD gene is not conserved within species. The ability(More)
Bacterial attachment is believed to be an early step in gram-negative nosocomial pneumonia. The frequency of fimbria-associated adhesins among respiratory pathogens has not been studied in detail. In this study isolates belonging to the family Enterobacteriaceae, prospectively obtained from intensive care unit patients who were suspected of having(More)
Colonization in the respiratory tracts of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients by mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa correlates with the progression of bronchial airway pathology. There is a direct correlation between the incidence of Pseudomonas colonization and age, clinical score, extent of pulmonary disease, severity of radiographic changes, and level of serum(More)
At the cellular level, the respiratory tract has a variety of defense mechanisms to prevent bacterial infection. Recent data have demonstrated that the respiratory epithelium plays a very active role in host defense. In this review we start by examining the respiratory epithelia and its function in mucociliary clearance, and extend our review to include its(More)
We examined the role of Klebsiella fimbrial types 1 and 3 in mediating adherence to human buccal and tracheal cells and to lung tissue sections. We found that clinical isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae producing type 3 fimbriae and Escherichia coli HB101 containing a recombinant plasmid encoding expression of Klebsiella type 3 fimbriae (pFK10) demonstrated(More)
Recent advances in basic science have greatly expanded our understanding of the cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), the chloride and bicarbonate channel that is encoded by the gene, which is mutated in patients with CF. We review the structure, function, biosynthetic processing, and intracellular trafficking of CFTR and discuss(More)