Samantha Dunbar

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Proteins present in the outer membrane of chlamydiae that are involved in mucosal epithelial cell infection must clearly be identified and characterized if we are to understand and modify the pathogenic mechanisms utilized by these organisms. We have identified and isolated a family of four genes encoding putative outer membrane proteins (POMPs), a group of(More)
The major outer membrane protein (MOMP) gene from an ovine abortion strain of Chlamydia psittaci (S26/3) has been cloned and sequenced. The gene shows the features of other chlamydial MOMPs but comparison with the previously reported sequence for the ovine abortion isolate A22/M has revealed substantial sequence divergence which is clustered into the same(More)
The putative outer membrane location of the OMP90 (formerly POMP) family from the ovine abortion strain of Chlamydia psittaci was investigated by immunoelectron microscopy. Using a non-embedding technique, antigens were shown to be localised on the outer membrane surface of both elementary and reticulate bodies, the infectious and non-infectious forms of(More)
Analysis of the genomic DNAs of chlamydial isolates from sheep, cattle, and pigs was performed by Southern blot hybridization and by restriction endonuclease (RE) profiling of DNA amplified by PCR. The hybridization probes were derived from whole genomic DNA, the major outer membrane protein (MOMP) gene, the 16S rRNA gene, and an avian Chlamydia psittaci(More)
The 75 kDa dnaK-like gene of Chlamydia psittaci ovine abortion strain S26/3 was isolated from an EMBL 3 chlamydial DNA library. A 7 kb DNA fragment containing the gene was subcloned into Bluescribe (M13+) plasmid and used to transform competent E. coli. These cells were found to express a cytoplasmic protein of 75 kDa. Monospecific antibodies against the(More)
The haemotropic mycoplasmas Mycoplasma haemofelis and Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum cause feline infectious anaemia with infection rates in feline populations reflecting widespread subclinical infection. Clinically significant infections are much rarer but can be life-threatening. Current diagnosis is dependent upon visualising organisms in stained(More)
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