Michaela Brück

Learn More
The role of the pore-forming Staphylococcus aureus toxin Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) in severe necrotizing diseases is debated due to conflicting data from epidemiological studies of community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) infections and various murine disease-models. In this study, we used neutrophils isolated from different(More)
Staphylococcal food poisoning (SFP) caused by enterotoxigenic staphylococci is one of the main food-borne diseases. In contrast to Staphylococcus aureus, a systematic screening for the enterotoxins has not yet been performed on the genomic level for the coagulase-positive species S. intermedius. Therefore, the enterotoxigenic potential of 281 different(More)
A PCR-DNA enzyme immunoassay (PCR-DEIA) was developed for identification of the coagulase-positive species Staphylococcus intermedius. Two PCR primers and a hybridization probe were designed to target specific sequences of the S. intermedius thermonuclease (nuc) gene. In addition to S. intermedius reference strains, the PCR-DEIA was tested using 295(More)
Transcriptional regulation of human UGT1A6, a UDP glucuronosyltransferase isoform conjugating a wide variety of planar phenols, has been studied using transfection experiments with plasmids containing its 3-kb 5' upstream region and chloramphenicol acetyltransferase as reporter gene. Previously, two modes of expression of the isoform have been described: in(More)
Stably expressed human and rat phenol UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) of the UGT1 complex (HlugP1, HlugP4 and 3-methylcholanthrene-inducible rat UGT1A1, the latter considered to be an orthologous enzyme to HlugP1) have been used to investigate the role of UGTs in paracetamol glucuronidation. Kinetic analysis of recombinant UGTs was compared to that of(More)
Bacterial peritonitis remains a serious complication of peritoneal dialysis. Although Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most common pathogen involved, infections with Staphylococcus aureus lead to severe peritoneal damage and are often associated with a dramatic loss of mesothelial cells. Induction of cell death appears to be involved in peritoneal damage(More)
Bacterial peritonitis is a serious complication of peritoneal dialysis patients and of patients after abdominal surgery. Especially episodes due to Staphylococcus aureus can harm the peritoneum severely, resulting in peritoneal fibrosis. Human peritoneal mesothelial cells play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of the peritoneum, as they release(More)
BACKGROUND Staphylococcus aureus is an important human pathogen of endovascular diseases that can take an acute destructive course and/or develop into a chronic infection with a high rate of relapse. Despite good activity of the appropriate antimicrobial substances in vitro, these infections are often difficult to treat, perhaps because of the complex(More)
To investigate constitutive and inducible expression of rat phenol UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT1A1) in liver and extrahepatic tissues, a selective cDNA probe for its unique exon 1 was utilized. 6-Hydroxychrysene was used as a functional probe of UGT1A1 activity. Constitutive expression of UGT1A1 was low in liver, but high in kidney, testis, epididymis(More)
  • 1