Luis M. de la Maza

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Chlamydia infections are epidemiologically linked to human heart disease. A peptide from the murine heart muscle-specific alpha myosin heavy chain that has sequence homology to the 60-kilodalton cysteine-rich outer membrane proteins of Chlamydia pneumoniae, C. psittaci, and C. trachomatis was shown to induce autoimmune inflammatory heart disease in mice.(More)
Amphipols (APols) are short amphipathic polymers that can substitute for detergents to keep integral membrane proteins (MPs) water soluble. In this review, we discuss their structure and solution behavior; the way they associate with MPs; and the structure, dynamics, and solution properties of the resulting complexes. All MPs tested to date form(More)
Chlamydia pneumoniae has been shown to possess at least 13 genes that are homologous with other known type III secretion (TTS) systems. Upon infection of HEp-2 cells with C. pneumoniae, the expression of these genes was followed by reverse transcriptase PCR throughout the developmental cycle of this obligate intracellular pathogen. In addition, expression(More)
BALB/c mice were vaccinated by the intramuscular (i.m.) and subcutaneous (s.c.) routes with a native preparation of the Chlamydia trachomatis mouse pneumonitis (MoPn) major outer membrane protein (MOMP), using Montanide ISA 720 and CpG-1826 as adjuvants. A negative control group was immunized with ovalbumin and the two adjuvants, and a positive control(More)
In an attempt to establish a model of chlamydial ascending salpingitis and infertility, three inbred strains of mice, C3H/HeN (H-2k), C57BL/6N (H-2b), and BALB/cAnN (H-2d), were inoculated intravaginally with 3 x 10(7) inclusion-forming units of the Chlamydia trachomatis mouse pneumonitis biovar. Mice mated 6 weeks following inoculation were found to have a(More)
To vaccinate against a vaginal challenge with Chlamydia trachomatis, C3H/HeJ (H-2k) mice were immunized intranasally (i.n.) or intraperitoneally (i.p.) with 1 x 10(6) inclusion forming units (IFU) of C. trachomatis, serovar E and i.n. with 1 x 10(6) UV inactivated IFU of serovar E. Animals inoculated i.n. with mock infected HeLa 229 cells were used as(More)
INPs, which are chemically synthesized compounds belonging to a class of acylated hydrazones of salicylaldehydes, can inhibit the growth of Chlamydiaceae. Evidence has been presented that in Yersinia and Chlamydia INPs may affect the type III secretion (T3S) system. In the present study 25 INPs were screened for antichlamydial activity at a concentration of(More)
The presence of clamp connections on hyphae and the development of fruiting bodies in culture are primary characters which allow identification of the basidiomycete Schizophyllum commune in cases of human infection. The diagnostic problems presented by a nonclamped, nonfruiting isolate from a dense mass in the right upper lobe of the lung in a female with a(More)
A vaccine is likely the most effective strategy for controlling human chlamydial infections. Recent studies have shown immunization with Chlamydia muridarum major outer membrane protein (MOMP) can induce significant protection against infection and disease in mice if its native trimeric structure is preserved (nMOMP). The objective of this study was to(More)
Female BALB/c mice were immunized intranasally with the mouse pneumonitis biovar of Chlamydia trachomatis and subsequently challenged in the ovarian bursa (C. trachomatis immunized, C. trachomatis challenged). Two groups of mice served as controls. One group was sham immunized intranasally with mock-infected HeLa 229 cell extracts and was challenged in the(More)