Pavol Vadovic

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Rickettsia typhi causes endemic typhus, a relatively mild, acute febrile illness characterized by headache and macular rash. It is maintained in rodents and transmitted to humans by flea Xenopsylla cheopis. R. typhi contains a lipopolysaccharide thought to display a noticeable antigenic activity. We examined its structural features and it appears that the(More)
Lipid A isolated from the Rickettsia typhi lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was investigated for its composition and structure using chemical analyses, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and electrospray ionization (ESI) combined with the tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Our studies revealed a noticeable compositional and structural heterogeneity of(More)
Variations in lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a bacterial outer membrane component, determine virulence of the obligate intracellular bacterium Coxiella burnetii, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We find that while avirulent C. burnetii LPS (avLPS) stimulates host p38α-MAPK signaling required for proper trafficking of bacteria containing compartments to(More)
Coxiella burnetii is an intracellular, Gram-negative bacterium and causative agent of Q fever. In humans, the disease ranges mostly from a flu-like illness and self-recovering mild pneumonia to severe meningoencephalitis, myocarditis or endocarditis. Recent molecular and biochemical/immunological advances, along with improved instrumentation, have provided(More)
Coxiella burnetii is the causative agent of Q fever. The bacterium is extremely infectious and is classified as a category biological weapon. A lipopolysaccharide I (LPS I) belongs to the main components of the C. burnetii outer membrane and its structure-function relationship studies are of potential interest. Size-exclusion chromatography revealed(More)
The composition and structure of lipid A isolated from the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of Piscirickettsia salmonis were investigated by chemical analyses, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GCMS), and electrospray ionization (ESI) combined with the tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Our study revealed moderate compositional and structural heterogeneity of(More)
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