Mary Ann Horn

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BACKGROUND Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has traditionally been associated with infections in hospitals. Recently, a new strain of MRSA has emerged and rapidly spread in the community, causing serious infections among young, healthy individuals. Preliminary reports imply that a particular clone (USA300) of a community-acquired MRSA(More)
Recently, we [E.M.C. D’Agata, G.F. Webb, M.A. Horn, R.C. Moellering Jr., and S. Ruan, Modellingthe invasion of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus into the hospital setting, Clin. Infect. Dis. 48 (2009), pp. 274–284] proposed a deterministic mathematical model to characterize the factors contributing to the replacement of(More)
We examined the role of Klebsiella fimbrial types 1 and 3 in mediating adherence to human buccal and tracheal cells and to lung tissue sections. We found that clinical isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae producing type 3 fimbriae and Escherichia coli HB101 containing a recombinant plasmid encoding expression of Klebsiella type 3 fimbriae (pFK10) demonstrated(More)
Bacterial attachment is believed to be an early step in gram-negative nosocomial pneumonia. The frequency of fimbria-associated adhesins among respiratory pathogens has not been studied in detail. In this study isolates belonging to the family Enterobacteriaceae, prospectively obtained from intensive care unit patients who were suspected of having(More)
Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) continue to spread in hospitals globally, but the population-level impact of recommended preventive strategies and the relative benefit of individual strategies targeting all MDRO in the hospital setting are unclear. To explore the dynamics of MDRO transmission in the hospital, we develop a model extending data from(More)
The transmission dynamics of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and factors contributing to their dissemination are complex. Mathematical modeling was used to simulate patterns of dissemination among patients and health care workers (HCWs) and to quantify the contribution of specific factors and infection control interventions on the endemic prevalence(More)
A mathematical model of the G protein signaling pathway in RAW 264.7 macrophages downstream of P2Y(6) receptors activated by the ubiquitous signaling nucleotide uridine 5'-diphosphate is developed. The model, which is based on time-course measurements of inositol trisphosphate, cytosolic calcium, and diacylglycerol, focuses particularly on differential(More)
562 © 2015 Guilford Publications, Inc. We thank E. Herder, J. Theriault, and the Morality Lab at BC for helpful discussions and/or comments on drafts of the manuscript. This work was supported by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to L.Y. and Templeton Science of Prospection Award to B.G., L.Y., and E.K. Correspondence regarding this article should be(More)