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A distinguishing feature of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is their mucoid, exopolysaccharide alginate-overproducing phenotype. One mechanism of conversion to mucoidy is based on mutations in the algU mucABCD cluster, encoding the stress sigma factor AlgU and its regulators. However, conversion to mucoidy in laboratory(More)
The conversion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to the mucoid phenotype coincides with the establishment of chronic respiratory infections in cystic fibrosis (CF). A major pathway of conversion to mucoidy in clinical strains of P. aeruginosa is dependent upon activation of the alternative sigma factor AlgU (P. aeruginosa sigma(E)). Here we initiated studies of(More)
The contribution of accessory toxins to the acute inflammatory response to Vibrio cholerae was assessed in a murine pulmonary model. Intranasal administration of an El Tor O1 V. cholerae strain deleted of cholera toxin genes (ctxAB) caused diffuse pneumonia characterized by infiltration of PMNs, tissue damage, and hemorrhage. By contrast, the ctxAB mutant(More)
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