Wayne J Conlan

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BACKGROUND Francisella tularensis is a highly virulent human pathogen. The most virulent strains belong to subspecies tularensis and these strains cause a sometimes fatal disease. Despite an intense recent research effort, there is very limited information available that explains the unique features of subspecies tularensis strains that distinguish them(More)
Francisella tularensis subsp. tularensis (type A) strain SCHU S4 is a prototypic strain of the pathogen that is highly virulent for humans and other mammals. Its intradermal (i.d.) 50% lethal dose (LD50) for mice is <10 CFU. We discovered a spontaneous mutant, designated FSC043, of SCHU S4 with an i.d. LD50 of >10(8) CFU. FSC043 effectively vaccinated mice(More)
Tularaemia caused by inhalation of type A Francisella tularensis bacteria is one of the most aggressive infectious diseases known, but the reasons for the very rapid spread of the organism from the lungs to internal organs and the ensuing mortality are unknown. The present study used the mouse model to examine in detail the host immune response in the lung.(More)
Francisella tularensis is a facultative intracellular bacterial pathogen capable of proliferating within host macrophages. The mechanisms that explain the differences in virulence between various strains of the species are not well characterized. In the present study, we show that both attenuated (strain LVS) and virulent (strains FSC200 and SCHU S4)(More)
We investigated the role of the 58-kDa FTT0918 protein in the iron metabolism of Francisella tularensis. The phenotypes of SCHU S4, a prototypic strain of F. tularensis subsp. tularensis, and the Delta FTT0918 and Delta fslA isogenic mutants were analyzed. The gene product missing in the Delta fslA mutant is responsible for synthesis of a siderophore. When(More)
Francisella tularensis is a facultative intracellular bacterium utilizing macrophages as its primary intracellular habitat and is therefore highly capable of resisting the effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS), potent mediators of the bactericidal activity of macrophages. We investigated the roles of enzymes presumed to be important for protection(More)
BACKGROUND Francisella tularensis is a facultative intracellular bacterial pathogen and the etiological agent of tularemia. The subspecies F. tularensis tularensis is especially virulent for humans when inhaled and respiratory tularemia is associated with high mortality if not promptly treated. A live vaccine strain (LVS) derived from the less virulent(More)
Francisella tularensis subspecies tularensis is highly virulent for humans especially when it is inhaled. Therefore, it has the potential to be used as a biothreat agent. Vaccines against F. tularensis will need to be approved in accordance with the FDA Animal Rule. This will require identification of robust correlates of protection in experimental animals(More)
The virulence of Francisella tularensis, the etiological agent of tularemia, relies on an atypical type VI secretion system (T6SS) encoded by a genomic island termed the Francisella Pathogenicity Island (FPI). While the importance of the FPI in F. tularensis virulence is clearly established, the precise role of most of the FPI-encoded proteins remains to be(More)