Thorsten Wille

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Gaussia princeps luciferase (Gluc) is widely used as a reporter in eukaryotes, but data about its applicability in bacteria are very limited. Here we show that a codon-optimized Gluc gene can be efficiently expressed in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. To test different Gluc variants as transcriptional reporters, we used the siiA promoter of(More)
The host's immune system plays a key role in modulating growth of pathogens and the intestinal microbiota in the gut. In particular, inflammatory bowel disorders and pathogen infections induce shifts of the resident commensal microbiota which can result in overgrowth of Enterobacteriaceae ("inflammation-inflicted blooms"). Here, we investigated competition(More)
The giant non-fimbrial adhesin SiiE is essential to establish intimate contact between Salmonella enterica and the apical surface of polarized epithelial cells. SiiE is secreted by a type I secretion system (T1SS) encoded by Salmonella Pathogenicity Island 4 (SPI4). We identified SiiA and SiiB as two regulatory proteins encoded by SPI4. Mutant strains in(More)
The larvae of the wax moth, Galleria mellonella, have been used experimentally to host a range of bacterial and fungal pathogens. In this study we evaluated the suitability of G. mellonella as an alternative animal model of Salmonella infection. Using a range of inoculum doses we established that the LD50 of Salmonella Typhimurium strain NCTC 12023 was 3.6(More)
Methods enabling mutational analysis of distinct chromosomal locations, like site-directed mutagenesis, insertion of foreign sequences or in-frame deletions, have become of fast growing interest since complete bacterial genome sequences became available. Various approaches have been described to modify any nucleotide(s) in almost any manner. Some genetic(More)
Protein-protein interactions are important layers of regulation in all kingdoms of life. Identification and characterization of these interactions is one challenging task of the post-genomic era and crucial for understanding of molecular processes within a cell. Several methods have been successfully employed during the past decades to identify(More)
Two-component systems (TCS) serve as stimulus-response coupling mechanisms to allow organisms to adapt to a variety of environmental conditions. The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa encodes for more than 100 TCS components. To avoid unwanted cross-talk, signaling cascades are very specific, with one sensor talking to its cognate response(More)
Gaussia princeps luciferase (Gluc) is widely used as a reporter in eukaryotes, but data about its applicability in bacteria is very limited. Here we show that a codon-optimized Gluc gene can be efficiently expressed in Salmonella enterica sv. Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium). To test different Gluc variants as transcriptional reporters, we used the siiA(More)