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One hundred and sixty-eight strains of Escherichia coli were isolated from cases of pyelonephritis (24) and lower urinary tract infections (UTI) (144) from hospitalised and outpatient children up to 2 years old. These strains were investigated for the expression of P fimbriae (PF), mannose-resistant and mannose-sensitive haemagglutination, cell-surface(More)
Cytolethal distending toxins (CDT) are intracellularly acting proteins which interfere with the eukaryotic cell cycle. They are produced by Gram-negative bacteria with affinity to mucocutaneous surfaces and could play a role in the pathogenesis of various mammalian diseases. The functional toxin is composed of three proteins: CdtB entering the nucleus and(More)
A total of 109 alpha-hemolytic and 104 nonhemolytic Escherichia coli isolates from children with dyspepsia and urinary tract infections were investigated for resistance to the bactericidal activity of human serum. A significantly higher proportion of serum resistance was found in alpha-hemolytic E. coli isolates than in nonhemolytic isolates (P < 0.01). An(More)
A total of 80 Escherichia coli strains were examined for expression of P-fimbriae, mannose-sensitive haemagglutination (MSHA) and mannose-resistant haemagglutination (MRHA) of human group A erythrocytes and guinea pig erythrocytes, cell surface hydrophobicity and resistance to serum bactericidal activity. Isolates were obtained from urine of children and(More)
The role of alpha-haemolysin (AH) in the resistance of Escherichia coli strains, isolated from patients with extra-intestinal diseases or diarrhoea, to the bactericidal activity of human serum and intracellular killing in polymorphonuclear leucocytes (PMNL) was investigated in vitro. Sets of alpha-haemolytic and non-haemolytic E. coli strains and sets of(More)
The main purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of two polymorphisms in the estrogen receptor alpha, rs2077647 and rs3798577, on the development of prostate cancer, their correlation with selected clinical characteristics, as well as consideration of potential interactions between four estrogen receptor alpha polymorphisms (rs2077647, rs3798577,(More)
Alphahaemolytic uropathogenic strains of E. coli (UPEC) belong mostly into the serogroup 04, 06, 018 and 075. UPEC are resistant against antibacterial substances and against the bactericide action of serum. Properties which condition the virulence of these strains are also colicin and siderophore production.
Verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) are nowadays among the most important emerging group of food-borne pathogens (VTEC strains cause gastroenteritis that can be complicated by the hemorrhagic colitis or hemolytic uremic syndrome, HUS). Escherichia coli 026 producing verotoxin 2 was isolated and its identity confirmed by examination of phenotype and(More)