Tauqeer H. Zaidi

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Microbial capsular antigens are effective vaccines but are chemically and immunologically diverse, resulting in a major barrier to their use against multiple pathogens. A β-(1→6)-linked poly-N-acetyl-d-glucosamine (PNAG) surface capsule is synthesized by four proteins encoded in genetic loci designated intercellular adhesion in Staphylococcus aureus or(More)
PURPOSE Pseudomonas aeruginosa enters corneal epithelial cells in vitro via membrane microdomains or lipid rafts. Bacterial entry, mediated by the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), promotes infection and disease. This study was conducted to determine whether P. aeruginosa and CFTR are colocalized to rafts in isogenic corneal cells(More)
The proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-17 (IL-17) is involved in neutrophilic tissue infiltration, contributing to both microbial clearance as well as inflammation-associated tissue damage. Its role during bacterial corneal infections is unknown. We hypothesized that IL-17 responses would be detrimental in this setting and tested the impact of IL-17(More)
Purpose. Ulcerative keratitis due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a sight-threatening disease leading to loss of vision due to corneal inflammation. A human IgG1 monoclonal antibody (MAb F429) to the alginate capsule significantly reduces pathology and bacterial burdens in the cornea when applied topically starting 8 hours post-infection. The purpose of this(More)
As an immune-privileged site, the eye, and particularly the outer corneal surface, lacks resident mature immune effector cells. Physical barriers and innate mediators are the best-described effectors of immunity in the cornea. When the barriers are breached, infection can result in rapid tissue destruction, leading to loss of visual acuity and frank(More)
PURPOSE Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains expressing Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) are associated with severe skin and soft tissue infections, necrotizing pneumonia, and eye infections. We determined PVL's toxicity on infected mouse and cultured human corneal epithelial cells and the role of PVL and antibody to PVL(More)