Marta Zapotoczna

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The interaction of bacteria with platelets is implicated in the pathogenesis of endovascular infections, including infective endocarditis, of which Staphylococcus aureus is the leading cause. Several S. aureus surface proteins mediate aggregation of platelets by fibrinogen- or fibronectin-dependent processes, which also requires specific antibodies. In this(More)
Staphylococcus lugdunensis is the only coagulase-negative Staphylococcus species with a locus encoding iron-regulated surface determinant (Isd) proteins. In Staphylococcus aureus, the Isd proteins capture heme from hemoglobin and transfer it across the wall to a membrane-bound transporter, which delivers it into the cytoplasm, where heme oxygenases release(More)
Staphylococcus aureus is a human pathogen that causes invasive and recurring infections. The ability to internalize into and persist within host cells is thought to contribute to infection. Here we report a novel role for the well-characterized iron-regulated surface determinant B (IsdB) protein which we have shown can promote adhesion of 293T, HeLa cells(More)
Infection of intravascular catheters by Staphylococcus aureus is a significant risk factor within the health care setting. To treat these infections and attempt salvage of an intravascular catheter, antimicrobial lock solutions (ALSs) are being increasingly used. However, the most effective ALSs against these biofilm-mediated infections have yet to be(More)
Staphylococcus aureus is a commensal bacterium that has the ability to cause superficial and deep-seated infections. Like several other invasive pathogens, S. aureus can capture plasminogen from the human host where it can be converted to plasmin by host plasminogen activators or by endogenously expressed staphylokinase. This study demonstrates that(More)
Here, we demonstrate that antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are an effective antibiofilm treatment when applied as catheter lock solutions (CLSs) against S. aureus biofilm infections. The activity of synthetic AMPs (Bac8c, HB43, P18, Omiganan, WMR, Ranalexin, and Polyphemusin) was measured against early and mature biofilms produced by methicillin-resistant S.(More)
Rapid screening of biofilm forming capacity by Staphylococcus epidermidis is possible using in vitro assays with 96-well plates. This method first developed by Christensen et al. in 1985 is fast and does not require specialized instruments. Thus, laboratories with standard microbiology infrastructure and a 96-well plate reader can easily use this technique(More)
High-level resistance to antimicrobial drugs is a major factor in the pathogenesis of chronic Staphylococcus aureus biofilm-associated, medical device-related infections. Antimicrobial susceptibility analysis revealed that biofilms grown for ≤ 24 hours on biomaterials conditioned with human plasma under venous shear in iron-free cell culture medium were(More)
Amajor challenge in the management of device-related infections (DRIs) involving microbial biofilms derives from the rapid coating of implanted biomaterials by host-derived glycoproteins and other macromolecules. The performance of modified biomaterial surfaces that limit bacterial colonisation under laboratory conditions is difficult to predict in this in(More)
Objectives Biofilm infections of intravascular catheters caused by Staphylococcus aureus may be treated with catheter lock solutions (CLSs). Here we investigated the antibacterial activity, cytotoxicity and CLS potential of 5-hydroxyethyl-3-tetradecanoyltetramic acid (5HE-C14-TMA) compared with the related compounds 3-tetradecanoyltetronic (C14-TOA) and(More)