Eduardo Gleason García

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Streptococcus pneumoniae is an important human pathogen that has an absolute nutritional requirement for choline. Replacement of this amino alcohol in a synthetic medium by structural analogues, such as ethanolamine (EA cells), leads to alterations in several physiological properties including cell separation (Tomasz, 1968, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 59:(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) are essential for the early events of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Model systems of HIV sexual transmission have shown that DCs expressing the DC-specific C-type lectin DC-SIGN capture and internalize HIV at mucosal surfaces and efficiently transfer HIV to CD4+ T cells in lymph nodes, where viral replication occurs.(More)
In the early events of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection, immature dendritic cells (DCs) expressing the DC-specific intercellular adhesion molecule 3-grabbing nonintegrin (DC-SIGN) receptor capture small amounts of HIV-1 on mucosal surfaces and spread viral infection to CD4(+) T cells in lymph nodes (22, 34, 45). RNA interference has(More)
Yersinia enterocolitica strains comprise an important group of bacterial enteropathogens that cause a broad range of gastrointestinal syndromes. Three groups are distinguishable within this bacterial species, namely, the nonpathogenic group (biotype 1A strains), the low-pathogenicity, non-mouse-lethal group (biotypes 2 to 5), and the high-pathogenicity,(More)
The molecular aspects of the type 37 pneumococcal capsular biosynthesis, a homopolysaccharide composed of sophorosyl units (beta-d-Glc-(1-->2)-beta-d-Glc) linked by beta-1,3 bonds, have been studied. Remarkably, the biosynthesis of the type 37 capsule is driven by a single gene (tts) located far apart from the cap locus responsible for capsular formation in(More)
A new insertion sequence (IS1381) was identified in the genome of Streptococcus pneumoniae R6 as an 846-bp segment containing 20-bp terminal inverted repeats and flanked by 7-bp direct repeats. The three sequenced copies of this element have two overlapping open reading frame (ORF) genes named orfA and orfB. However, significant variations between(More)
The cap3B gene, which is involved in the formation of the capsule of Streptococcus pneumoniae type 3, encodes a 49-kD protein that has been identified as a polysaccharide synthase. Escherichia coli cells harboring the recombinant plasmid pTBP3 (cap3B) produced pneumococcal type 3 polysaccharide, as demonstrated by immunological tests. Biochemical and cell(More)
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