Peter G Hallsworth

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Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is an important cause of lower respiratory tract disease, particularly in infants and young children. hMPV has two major glycoproteins, G and F, which are responsible for virus attachment and membrane fusion, respectively. We investigated the role of cellular glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and G protein in hMPV infection. The(More)
Immunological rejection is the major cause of human corneal allograft failure. We hypothesized that local production of IL-4 or the p40 subunit of IL-12 (p40 IL-12) by the grafted cornea might prolong allograft survival. Replication-deficient adenoviral vectors encoding ovine IL-4 or p40 IL-12 and GFP were generated and used to infect ovine corneas ex vivo.(More)
AIMS The primary aim of the study was to determine if the gonococcal porA pseudogene is a stable sequence target for the detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae by PCR. METHODS A total of 240 gonococcal strains from various geographic locations were tested by porA pseudogene PCR. In addition, porA pseudogene PCR positivity rates were compared with established(More)
Waste stabilisation ponds (WSP) are efficient, cost-effective methods of treating wastewater in rural and remote communities in Australia. It is recognised that sunlight plays a significant role in their disinfection, however, due to the poor penetration of light in turbid waters it has been hypothesised that other mechanisms may also contribute to(More)
Viral immunofluorescence tests were performed with commercial antisera on 1046 specimens of respiratory, conjunctival corneal and dermal origin to compare the diagnostic effectiveness of direct examination by immunofluorescence with culture. The fluorescence assays were found to be highly sensitive for respiratory syncytial and measles virus in(More)
An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the detection of Haemophilus influenzae type b antigen was developed. It was able to detect purified polyribose phosphate at concentrations of greater than or equal to 1 ng/ml in cerebrospinal fluid. This was 50 times more sensitive than counterimmunoelectrophoresis with the same antiserum. The sensitivity for(More)
Respiratory epithelium is both a target and an effector of airway inflammation. Adhesion molecules on epithelium play an important role in a variety of airway diseases. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most important pathogen for airway diseases in infants. The expression of adhesion molecules on epithelium in RSV infection, however, is unclear. The(More)
Commercial kits of fluorescein-labelled monoclonal antibody against Chlamydia trachomatis have been evaluated (1) as an alternative to Giemsa staining for detection of chlamydia inclusions in cell culture and (2) for direct detection of chlamydia in conjunctival, urethral and cervical smears. The inclusion-detection kit (Micro Trak Culture Confirmation(More)