Soledad López Martin

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In this study, we show that Salmonella produces an O-antigen capsule coregulated with the fimbria- and cellulose-associated extracellular matrix. Structural analysis of purified Salmonella extracellular polysaccharides yielded predominantly a repeating oligosaccharide unit similar to that of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis lipopolysaccharide O(More)
Beta-haemolytic streptococci are important human and animal pathogens: their genetic traits that are associated with the ability to infect human hosts remain, however, unclear. The surface protein, Lmb, mediates the adherence of Streptococcus agalactiae to human laminin. For further analysis of the corresponding gene, the adjacent genomic regions were(More)
Streptococcus agalactiae is a leading cause of neonatal sepsis and meningitis. Adherence to extracellular matrix proteins is considered an important factor in the pathogenesis of infection, but the genetic determinants of this process remain largely unknown. We identified and sequenced a gene which codes for a putative lipoprotein that exhibits significant(More)
Clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa that hyperproduce a dark-brown pigment are quite often found in the lungs of chronically infected patients, suggesting that they may have an adaptive advantage in chronic infections. We have screened a library of random transposon insertions in P. aeruginosa. Transposon insertions resulting in the hyperproduction(More)
Gain and loss of bacterial pathogenicity is often associated with mobile genetic elements. A novel insertion sequence (IS) element designated ISSa4 was identified in Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococci). The 963bp IS element is flanked by 25bp perfect inverted repeats and led to the duplication of a 9bp target sequence at the insertion site.(More)
The cyl genes of Streptococcus agalactiae are required for the production of hemolysin. Based on the observation that nonhemolytic S. agalactiae mutants do not produce pigment, a close genetic linkage between hemolysin and pigment has been postulated. To investigate this genetic linkage and to identify genes involved in the production of the S. agalactiae(More)
Streptococcus agalactiae is a poorly transformable bacterium and studies of molecular mechanisms are difficult due to the limitations of genetic tools. Employing the novel pGh9:ISS1 transposition vector we generated plasmid-based mutant libraries of S. agalactiae strains O90R and AC475 by random chromosomal integration. A screen for mutants with a(More)
Treatment of displaced or comminuted supracondylar fractures of the femur following total knee arthroplasty is challenging and problematic. Closed treatment has been associated with malunion, nonunion, and loss of motion, whereas early operative treatment has been associated with infection as well as nonunion. Intramedullary fixation of these fractures has(More)
A series of vectors has been constructed to express the human T cell receptor V beta 5.3 under the control of the hybrid trc promoter in Escherichia coli. Transcriptional induction of the trc promoter was achieved chemically by using isopropyl beta-D-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG) in a bacterial strain that harbors the lacIq gene, or thermally by using the(More)
Adaptive evolution depends on both the genetic variability in a population of organisms and the selection of the better adapted genotypes. However, for the fittest variants to be selected they must survive over a sufficient period under the new conditions. Bacteria are often exposed to different types of stress in nature, including antibiotics. We analysed(More)