Geneviève Filion

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Aeromonas salmonicida, a fish pathogen, is the causative agent of furunculosis. It was already shown that growing this bacterium in stressful conditions such as temperature above 22°C might lead to virulence attenuation. Unfortunately, many veterinary microbiology services and reference centers still routinely cultivate A. salmonicida at 25°C. Here we(More)
Members of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc), such as B. ambifaria, are effective biocontrol strains, for instance, as plant growth-promoting bacteria; however, Bcc isolates can also cause severe respiratory infections in people suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF). No distinction is known between isolates from environmental and human origins,(More)
Aeromonas salmonicida subsp salmonicida (A. salmonicida) is the Gram-negative bacterium responsible for furunculosis, a disease that mainly affects fish in the salmonid family. A. salmonicida strains usually contain many plasmids. Three small high-copy-number plasmids [pAsa1 (5.4 kb), pAsa2 (5.2 kb) and pAsa3 (5.6 kb)] have been found in the vast majority(More)
Aeromonas salmonicida is an important fish pathogen, mainly of salmonids. This bacterium causes a disease named furunculosis, which is particularly detrimental for the aquaculture industry. Here, we present the draft genome sequence of A. salmonicida 01-B526, a strain isolated from a brook trout that is more virulent than A. salmonicida reference strain(More)
HIPK2 is a eukaryotic Serine-Threonine kinase that controls cellular proliferation and survival in response to exogenous signals. Here, we show that the human transcription factor ZBTB4 is a new target of HIPK2. The two proteins interact in vitro, colocalize and associate in vivo, and HIPK2 phosphorylates several conserved residues of ZBTB4. Overexpressing(More)
When they are fed with bacteria, Dictyostelium discoideum amoebae produce and secrete multilamellar bodies (MLBs), which are composed of membranous material. It has been proposed that MLBs are a waste disposal system that allows D. discoideum to eliminate undigested bacterial remains. However, the real function of MLBs remains unknown. Determination of the(More)
Dictyostelium discoideum, a soil amoeba, can be used as an alternative host to study the virulence of various bacterial species, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa. A simple quantitative test based on the ability of D. discoideum to grow on a bacterial lawn has been developed using this amoeba to assay the virulence of P. aeruginosa strains. The assay needs(More)
The Gram-positive bacterium Streptococcus suis is a major swine pathogen worldwide that causes meningitis, septicemia, and endocarditis. In this study, we demonstrate that the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum can be a relevant alternative system to study the virulence of S. suis.
Rapid detection of Bacillus spores is a challenging task in food and defense industries. In situ labeling of spores would be advantageous for detection by automated systems based on single-cell analysis. Determination of antibiotic-resistance genes in bacterial spores using in situ labeling has never been developed. Most of the in situ detection schemes(More)
BACKGROUND Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is not adapted for the detection of bacterial spores because of their resistance to conventional permeabilization treatments. Since spore-forming bacteria have important ecological, economical, and medical roles, their in situ detection needs to be improved. The aim of this study was to develop rapid and(More)