Katerina Wolf

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Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular parasite, occupies a membrane-bound vacuole throughout development and is capable of manipulating the eukaryotic host by translocating effector molecules via a type III secretion system (T3SS). The infectious chlamydial elementary body (EB) is metabolically inactive yet possesses a functional T3S apparatus(More)
As obligate intracellular parasites, Chlamydia spp. must create and maintain a specialized intracellular niche while simultaneously contending with potent host defenses. Discoveries that chlamydiae deploy an array of anti-host proteins have placed new emphasis on deciphering the impact of host cell biology on chlamydial development and virulence. Recent(More)
Chlamydia spp. are among the many pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria that employ a type III secretion system (T3SS) to overcome host defenses and exploit available resources. Significant progress has been made in elucidating contributions of T3S to the pathogenesis of these medically important, obligate intracellular parasites, yet important questions(More)
The obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis possesses a biphasic developmental cycle that is manifested by differentiation of infectious, metabolically inert elementary bodies (EBs) to larger, metabolically active reticulate bodies (RBs). The cycle is completed by asynchronous differentiation of dividing RBs back to a population of dormant(More)
Chlamydia pneumoniae is an obligate intracellular parasite with a developmental cycle believed to be common to all members of the genus Chlamydia. We present a detailed description based on transmission and scanning electron microscopy of temporal events and inclusion structures throughout the C. pneumoniae AR-39 developmental cycle.
The major outer membrane protein (MOMP) of Chlamydia trachomatis serovariants is known to be an immunodominant surface antigen. Moreover, it is known that the C. trachomatis MOMP elicits antibodies that recognize both linear and conformational antigenic determinants. In contrast, it has been reported that the MOMP of Chlamydia pneumoniae is not surface(More)
Heptosyltransferases such as WaaC represent promising and attractive targets for the discovery of new Gram-negative antibacterial drugs based on antivirulence mechanisms. We report herein our approach to the identification of the first micromolar inhibitors of WaaC and the preliminary SAR generated from this family of(More)
Chlamydia pneumoniae is a common respiratory pathogen that has been associated with a variety of chronic diseases including asthma and atherosclerosis. Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular parasites that primarily infect epithelial cells where they develop within a membrane-bound vacuole, termed an inclusion. Interactions between the microorganism and(More)
The Chlamydia pneumoniae CopN protein is a member of the YopN/TyeA/InvE/MxiC family of secreted proteins that function to regulate the secretion of type III secretion system (T3SS) translocator and effector proteins. In this study, the Scc1 (CP0432) and Scc4 (CP0033) proteins of C. pneumoniae AR-39 were demonstrated to function together as a type III(More)
UNLABELLED Although progress in Chlamydia genetics has been rapid, genomic modification has previously been limited to point mutations and group II intron insertions which truncate protein products. The bacterium has thus far been intractable to gene deletion or more-complex genomic integrations such as allelic exchange. Herein, we present a novel suicide(More)