Emmanuelle Coutanceau

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Mycolactone is a polyketide toxin produced by Mycobacterium ulcerans (Mu), the causative agent of the skin disease Buruli ulcer (BU). Surprisingly, infected tissues lack inflammatory infiltrates. Structural similarities between mycolactone and immunosuppressive agents led us to investigate the immunomodulatory properties of mycolactone on dendritic cells(More)
BACKGROUND Buruli ulcer (BU) is a progressive disease of subcutaneous tissues caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. The pathology of BU lesions is associated with the local production of a diffusible substance, mycolactone, with cytocidal and immunosuppressive properties. The defective inflammatory responses in BU lesions reflect these biological properties of(More)
Mycobacterium ulcerans was first identified as the causative agent of Buruli ulcer; this cutaneous tissue-destructive process represents the third most important mycobacterial disease in humans after tuberculosis and leprosy. More recently other life traits were documented. M. ulcerans is mainly detected in humid tropical zones as part of a complex(More)
Mycobacterium ulcerans (Mu), the aetiological agent of Buruli ulcer, is an extracellular pathogen producing the macrolide toxin mycolactone. Using a mouse model of intradermal infection, we found that Mu was initially captured by phagocytes and transported to draining lymph nodes (DLN) within host cells. Similar to Buruli ulcers in humans, the infection(More)
Buruli ulcer, a disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is emerging as an increasingly important cause of morbidity throughout the world, for which surgery is the only efficient treatment to date. The aim of this work was to identify potential vaccine candidates in an experimental model of mouse infection. In BALB/c mice infected with M. ulcerans(More)
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