Mylisa Pilione

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Several species of pathogenic microorganisms have developed strategies to survive and persist in vital organs which are normally maintained as sterile by the generation of strong immune responses. Here, we report an immunomodulation involving the Bordetella bronchiseptica type III secretion system (TTSS) which contributes to bacterial survival in the lower(More)
To assess the contribution of complement to respiratory immunity in the context of a natural bacterial infection, we used mice genetically deficient in complement components and the murine pathogen Bordetella bronchiseptica. Complement component C3 was not required for the control of bacterial infection or for the generation of infection-induced protective(More)
Chronic bacterial infection reflects a balance between the host immune response and bacterial factors that promote colonization and immune evasion. Bordetella bronchiseptica uses a type III secretion system (TTSS) to persist in the lower respiratory tract of mice. We hypothesize that colonization is facilitated by bacteria-driven modulation of dendritic(More)
Although the antibacterial effects of Abs are well studied in in vitro systems, the in vivo effects of Abs cannot always be accurately predicted. Complicated cross-talk between different effector functions of Abs and various arms of the immune system can affect their activities in vivo. Using the mouse respiratory pathogen Bordetella bronchiseptica, we(More)
To efficiently colonize and persist in the lower respiratory tract, bacteria must survive multiple host immune mechanisms. Bordetella bronchiseptica is a gram-negative respiratory pathogen that naturally infects mice and persists in the lower respiratory tract for up to 49 days postinoculation. In this work, we examined the effect of mutation of the pagP(More)
While most vaccines consisting of killed bacteria induce high serum antibody titers, they do not always confer protection as effective as that induced by infection, particularly against mucosal pathogens. Bordetella bronchiseptica is a gram-negative respiratory pathogen that is endemic in many nonhuman mammalian populations and causes substantial disease in(More)
Many pathogens are able to manipulate the signaling pathways responsible for the generation of host immune responses. Here we examine and model a respiratory infection system in which disruption of host immune functions or of bacterial factors changes the dynamics of the infection. We synthesize the network of interactions between host immune components and(More)
The Friend virus susceptibility gene 2 (Fv2) controls the polyclonal expansion of infected cells that occurs early during Friend erythroleukemia virus infection. Fv2 has recently been shown to encode a truncated form of the Stk receptor tyrosine kinase (Sf-Stk). This observation, coupled with earlier work, suggested that Sf-Stk drives the expansion of(More)
CD11b is a cell surface receptor that contributes to many cellular processes which are involved in the generation of a protective immune response against pathogenic organisms. In this work, the natural host-pathogen model of murine Bordetella bronchiseptica infection was used to explore the role of CD11b in respiratory immunity. Following intranasal(More)
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