Nekane Merino

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The capacity of Staphylococcus aureus to form biofilms on host tissues and implanted medical devices is one of the major virulence traits underlying persistent and chronic infections. The matrix in which S. aureus cells are encased in a biofilm often consists of the polysaccharide intercellular adhesin (PIA) or poly-N-acetyl glucosamine (PNAG). However,(More)
The biofilm formation capacity of Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates is considered an important virulence factor for the establishment of chronic infections. Environmental conditions affect the biofilm formation capacity of S. aureus, indicating the existence of positive and negative regulators of the process. The majority of the screening procedures(More)
Biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus is subject to phase variation, and biofilm-negative derivatives emerge sporadically from a biofilm-positive bacterial population. To date, the only known mechanism for generating biofilm phenotypic variation in staphylococci is the reversible insertion/excision of IS256 in biofilm-essential genes. In this study, we(More)
Biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus is usually associated with the production of the poly-N-acetylglucosamine (PNAG) exopolysaccharide, synthesized by proteins encoded by the icaADBC operon. PNAG is a linear beta-(1-6)-linked N-acetylglucosaminoglycan that has to be partially deacetylated and consequently positively charged in order to be associated(More)
Cervical cancer represents the second most common cancer in women worldwide. About 90% of cervical cancer contain high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA, most often HPV type 16. Animal models and mostly laboratory mice are excellent for carrying out diverse immunological studies. We transfected a fibroblast cell line, 3T3-A31, with human papillomavirus(More)
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