Hélène Van de Vyver

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BACKGROUND Genetic engineering with luciferase reporter genes allows monitoring Trypanosoma brucei (T.b.) infections in mice by in vivo bioluminescence imaging (BLI). Until recently, luminescent T.b. models were based on Renilla luciferase (RLuc) activity. Our study aimed at evaluating red-shifted luciferases for in vivo BLI in a set of diverse T.b. strains(More)
Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen that causes a range of infections from acute invasive to chronic and difficult-to-treat. Infection strategies associated with persisting S. aureus infections are bacterial host cell invasion and the bacterial ability to dynamically change phenotypes from the aggressive wild-type to small colony variants(More)
Staphylococcus aureus causes very serious infections of vascular grafts. Knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of this disease is largely lacking because of the absence of representable models. Therefore, the aim of this study was to set up a mouse model of vascular graft infections that closely mimics the human situation. A catheter was inserted into the(More)
A selective medium (CAP) composed of a GC agar base supplemented with 1% hemoglobin, 1% Polyvitex, and an antibiotic mixture of polymyxin B (15 U/ml), vancomycin (5 micrograms/ml), trimethoprim (2.5 micrograms/ml), and amphotericin B (2.5 micrograms/ml) was compared with another selective medium (TBBP) and two nonselective media--a blood agar and a(More)
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