Janet AM Fyfe

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Mycobacterium ulcerans is an unusual bacterial pathogen with elusive origins. While closely related to the aquatic dwelling M. marinum, M. ulcerans has evolved the ability to produce the immunosuppressive polyketide toxin mycolactone and cause the neglected tropical disease Buruli ulcer. Other mycolactone-producing mycobacteria (MPM) have been identified in(More)
BACKGROUND Previous analyses of sera from a limited number of Ghanaian Buruli ulcer (BU) patients, their household contacts, individuals living in BU non-endemic regions as well as European controls have indicated that antibody responses to the M. ulcerans 18 kDa small heat shock protein (shsp) reflect exposure to this pathogen. Here, we have investigated(More)
Mucoid variants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated in vitro or in vivo could be classified into two phenotypic groups based on whether alginate was produced on a chemically defined medium. Mucoid strains yielded lowe recombination frequencies than the non-mucoid parent when used as donors in FP2-mediated plate matings. The mucoid characteristic (muc) was(More)
Azidothymidine and ribavirin both inhibit replication of human immunodeficiency virus in vitro and show promise of clinical utility in patients infected with this virus. In this study, the possible interactions of these drugs were examined in vitro, and a reproducible antagonism between azidothymidine and ribavirin was found to occur under a variety of(More)
BACKGROUND Mycobacterium ulcerans is the causative agent of Buruli ulcer (BU), a necrotizing disease of the skin, soft tissue and bone. PCR is increasingly used in the diagnosis of BU and in research on the mode of transmission and environmental reservoir of M. ulcerans. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance(More)
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