Shannon Griffith

Learn More
This investigation examines the role of the SaeR/S 2-component system in USA300, a prominent circulating clone of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Using a saeR/S isogenic deletion mutant of USA300 (USA300DeltasaeR/S) in murine models of sepsis and soft-tissue infection revealed that this sensory system is critical to(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is problematic both in hospitals and in the community. Currently, we have limited understanding of mechanisms of innate immune evasion used by S. aureus. To that end, we created an isogenic deletion mutant in strain MW2 (USA400) of the saeR/S 2-component gene regulatory system and studied its role in mouse models(More)
Several prominent bacterial pathogens secrete nuclease (Nuc) enzymes that have an important role in combating the host immune response. Early studies of Staphylococcus aureus Nuc attributed its regulation to the agr quorum-sensing system. However, recent microarray data have indicated that nuc is under the control of the SaeRS two-component system, which is(More)
The antifungal agent rapamycin is highly effective in inhibiting growth of yeast and mold strains. This study demonstrates that in liquid medium, rapamycin is more active than its derivatives (prolylrapamycin, 32-desmethylrapamycin, 32-desmethoxyrapamycin) against Candida albicans, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Fusarium oxysporum. All the rapamycins were(More)
Stems of Vicia faba plants were used to study phloem unloading because they are hollow and have a simple anatomical structure that facilitates access to the unloading site. After pulse labeling of a source leaf with (14)CO(2), stem sections were cut and the efflux characteristics of (14)C-labeled sugars into various buffered solutions were determined.(More)
This investigation examines the influence of alpha-toxin (Hla) during USA300 infection of human leukocytes. Survival of an USA300 isogenic deletion mutant of hla (USA300Δhla) in human blood was comparable to the parental wild-type strain and polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) plasma membrane permeability caused by USA300 did not require Hla. Flow cytometry(More)
In addition to the well characterized function of chemokines in mediating the homing and accumulation of leukocytes to tissues, some chemokines also exhibit potent antimicrobial activity. Little is known of the potential role of chemokines in bovine mammary gland health and disease. The chemokine CCL28 has previously been shown to play a key role in the(More)
  • 1