Justyna M. Gatkowska

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The protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii has the ability to alter intermediate host behavior, most impressively the natural aversion to cat scent, to favor the predation by the definitive host. However, the underlying mechanism of the observed phenomenon still remains unknown. Since changes in the neurotransmitter level are postulated as a possible(More)
Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite, is capable of infecting a broad range of intermediate warm-blooded hosts including humans. The parasite undergoes sexual reproduction resulting in genetic variability only in the intestine of the definitive host (a member of the cat family). The parasite seems to be capable of altering the natural behavior of the(More)
Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common parasitic infections worldwide. An effective vaccine against human and animal toxoplasmosis is still needed to control this parasitosis. The polymorphic rhoptry proteins, ROP5 and ROP18, secreted by Toxoplasma gondii during the invasion of the host cell have been recently considered as promising vaccine antigens, as(More)
Toxoplasmosis is a one of the most world-wide spread zoonosis representing a very serious clinical and veterinary problem. In the presented study, we evaluated the protective efficacy of a combined recombinant ROP2 and ROP4 subunit vaccine in a chronic Toxoplasma gondii infection in mice. The recombinant ROP2 (rROP2) and ROP4 (rROP4) proteins were cloned(More)
The great clinical and economical impact of Toxoplasma gondii infections makes the development of an effective vaccine for controlling toxoplasmosis an extremely important aim. In the presented study, we evaluate the protective and immunogenic properties of three recombinant subunit vaccines composed of rROP2+rGRA4+rSAG1, rROP2+rROP4+rGRA4 and(More)
The aim of this study was to test the potential diagnostic usefulness of recombinant Toxoplasma gondii rhoptry antigens, ROP2 and ROP4, with respect to toxoplasmosis detection and infection phase distinction in laboratory mouce by determining specific serum IgM and IgG antibodies with the use of indirect ELISA technique. The mice antibody response to ROP(More)
The phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from respiratory tract of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients were investigated. Slime production, cell-surface hydrophobicity, type of capsular polysaccharide, profile of heteroresistance to methicillin and Sma I restriction profiles were evaluated. S. aureus CF strains have(More)
Toxoplasma gondii is a cosmopolitan protozoan parasite that infects a wide range of mammal and bird species. Common infection leads to high economic (e.g., abortions in sheep) and human (e.g., congenital toxoplasmosis or neurotoxoplasmosis in humans) losses. With one exception (Toxovax for sheep), there are no vaccines to prevent human or animal(More)
Laboratory diagnostics of toxoplasmosis depends primarily on serological methods detecting specific antibodies. Since these methods do not always enable specific and sensitive recognition of the infection and phase of toxoplasmosis, the search for new diagnostic tools continues. Recombinant antigens promise a new alternative in diagnostics of Toxoplasma(More)
Early diagnosis and determining the infective stage are critical for effective therapy of toxoplasmosis. Owing to the progress in biotechnology, commonly used native, non-standardized diagnostic antigens should be replaced by genetically engineered antigens. The recombinant proteins are also promising components of subunit vaccines against Toxoplasma gondii(More)