Lucía de la Riva

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Clostridium difficile is the main cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, leading to significant morbidity and mortality and putting considerable economic pressure on healthcare systems. Current knowledge of the molecular basis of pathogenesis is limited primarily to the activities and regulation of two major toxins. In contrast, little is known of(More)
Clostridium difficile expresses a number of cell wall proteins, including the abundant high-molecular-weight and low-molecular-weight S-layer proteins (SLPs). These proteins are generated by posttranslational cleavage of the precursor SlpA by the cysteine protease Cwp84. We compared the phenotypes of C. difficile strains containing insertional mutations in(More)
The capacity to both ferment and oxidize L-ascorbate has been widely documented for a number of enteric bacteria. Here we present evidence that all the strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae tested in this study ferment L-ascorbate using the ula regulon-encoded proteins. Under aerobic conditions, several phenotypes were observed for the strains. Our results(More)
Clostridium difficile, a leading cause of hospital-acquired infection, possesses a dense surface layer (S-layer) that mediates host-pathogen interactions. The key structural components of the S-layer result from proteolytic cleavage of a precursor protein, SlpA, into high- and low-molecular-weight components. Here we report the discovery and optimization of(More)
Growth experiments showed that adenine and hypoxanthine can be used as nitrogen sources by several strains of K. pneumoniae under aerobic conditions. The assimilation of all nitrogens from these purines indicates that the catabolic pathway is complete and proceeds past allantoin. Here we identify the genetic system responsible for the oxidation of(More)
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