Michał Obuchowski

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Intensive cultivation of plants in the monoculture field system in order to feed the continuously growing human population creates a need for their protection from the variety of natural competitors such as: bacteria, fungi, insects as well as other plants. The increase in the use of chemical substances in the 20th century has brought many effective(More)
Bacillus subtilis forms structured communities of biofilms encased in an exopolysaccharide matrix on solid surfaces and at the air-liquid interface. It is postulated that nonoptimal growth conditions induce this multicellular behavior. We showed that under laboratory conditions a strain deleted for sigB was unable to form a floating pellicle on the surface(More)
BACKGROUND Bacterial spores have been utilized as platforms for protein display. The best studied display systems are based on Bacillus subtilis spores in which several coat proteins have successfully been used as anchors for heterologous protein. Increasing knowledge about spore coat structure enables selection of new anchor proteins such as CotZ and CgeA.(More)
BACKGROUND In last decade spores have been successfully used as a surface display platform. Various peptides or proteins were displayed this way as functional enzymes or antigens. Nearly all attempts involved use of three coat proteins: CotB, CotC or CotG. Increasing knowledge of the structure of the spore coat allowed us to propose the use of other(More)
The endospores of Bacillus subtilis are now widely used as a platform for presentation of heterologous proteins and due to their safety record and high resistance to harsh environmental conditions can be considered as potential vehicles for oral vaccination. In this research we show that recombinant B. subtilis spores presenting a fragment of the(More)
Bacillus subtilis is a Gram-positive bacterium with a relatively large number of protein phosphatases. Previous studies have shown that some Ser/Thr phosphatases play an important role in the life cycle of this bacterium [Losick and Stragier (1992) Nature (London) 355, 601-604; Yang, Kang, Brody and Price (1996) Genes Dev. 10, 2265-2275]. In this paper, we(More)
The bacteriophage lambda cII gene codes for a transcriptional activator protein which is a crucial regulator at the stage of the "lysis-versus-lysogeny" decision during phage development. The CII protein is highly toxic to the host, Escherichia coli, when overproduced. However, the molecular mechanism of this toxicity is not known. Here we demonstrate that(More)
For lysogenization of Escherichia coli cells by bacteriophage λ, functions of three λ genes called c are necessary. The cI gene codes for a repressor that blocks activities of lytic promoters. However, early after infection, expression of cI is dependent on the function of the cII gene, coding for a specific transcriptional activator. The cII protein is(More)
Current progress in research on vaccines against Helicobacter pylori emphasizes the significance of eliciting the Th1/Th17-polarized immune response. Such polarization can be achieved by selection of appropriate antigen and adjuvant. In this study, we wanted to check the polarization of the immune response elicited by UreB protein of Helicobacter(More)
BACKGROUND The bacterial endospore (spore) has recently been proposed as a new surface display system. Antigens and enzymes have been successfully exposed on the surface layers of the Bacillus subtilis spore, but only in a few cases the efficiency of expression and the effective surface display and have been determined. We used this heterologous expression(More)