Lidia Gómez-Gascón

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Surface proteins play a critical role in the interaction between cells and their environment, as they take part in processes like signaling, adhesion, transport, etc. In pathogenic microorganisms, they can also participate in virulence or cytotoxicity. As these proteins have the highest chances to be recognized by the immune system, they are often the(More)
Pneumonia is one of the most common and severe diseases associated with Streptococcus pneumoniae infections in children and adults. Etiological diagnosis of pneumococcal pneumonia in children is generally challenging because of limitations of diagnostic tests and interference with nasopharyngeal colonizing strains. Serological assays have recently gained(More)
UNLABELLED Extracellular vesicles are produced by many pathogenic microorganisms and have varied functions that include secretion and release of microbial factors, which contribute to virulence. Very little is known about vesicle production by Gram-positive bacteria, as well as their biogenesis and release mechanisms. In this work, we demonstrate the active(More)
This study reports the susceptibility to antimicrobial agents of staphylococci (n=105) isolated from dogs, and the factors associated with this resistance. The study animals were 23 healthy dogs (group A), 24 with first-time pyoderma (group B), and 27 with recurrent pyoderma that had undergone long-term antibiotic treatment (group C). Staphylococci were(More)
Streptococcus suis is a swine and human pathogen for which no commercial vaccine is still available. Conserved and broadly distributed surface proteins have become the chosen targets for the development of efficacious vaccines that could overcome the problems of non-heterologous protection of bacterins or capsule polysaccharide-based vaccines. In this work,(More)
Bacterial surface proteins are of outmost importance as they play critical roles in the interaction between cells and their environment. In addition, they can be targets of either vaccines or antibodies. Proteomic analysis through "shaving" live cells with proteases has become a successful approach for a fast and reliable identification of surface proteins.(More)
Purified polysaccharide and conjugate vaccines are widely used for preventing infections in adults and in children against the Gram-positive bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, a pathogen responsible for high morbidity and mortality rates, especially in developing countries. However, these polysaccharide-based vaccines have some important limitations, such(More)
Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is a major Gram-positive swine pathogen, causing also zoonoses. We describe here the immunoprotective activity in an in vivo animal model of a serotype-2 cell wall protein, designated Sat, which was identified by a previously validated proteomics approach consisting of the protease digestion of live bacteria and the selective(More)
Free-range pigs can be infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC) and may contribute to the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB). In the present study, the diagnostic values of bacteriological culture, a duplex real-time quantitative PCR and an antibody ELISA were evaluated in an abattoir study of submandibular lymph nodes and serum samples from 73(More)
An experimental challenge in a mouse model was used to select the most effective adjuvant in a vaccine formulation with the surface-anchored DNA-nuclease (SsnA). We used a protocol based on clinical, histopathological, bacterial kinetics and immune response against S. suis serotype 2 in infected animals. The three adjuvants used, aluminum hydroxide (ALOH),(More)