Xiaodi Niu

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α-hemolysin (Hla) is a self-assembling extracellular protein secreted as a soluble monomer by most Staphylococcus aureus strains and is an essential virulence factor for the pathogenesis of various S. aureus infections. Here, we show that curcumin (CUR), a natural compound with weak anti-S. aureus activity, can inhibit the hemolysis induced by Hla.(More)
Alpha-hemolysin (α-HL) is a self-assembling, channel-forming toxin produced by most Staphylococcus aureus strains as a 33.2-kDa soluble monomer. Upon binding to a susceptible cell membrane, the monomer self-assembles to form a 232.4-kDa heptamer that ultimately causes host cell lysis and death. Consequently, α-HL plays a significant role in the pathogenesis(More)
Listeriolysin O (LLO), an essential virulence determinant of Listeria monocytogenes, is a pore-forming toxin whose primary function is to facilitate cytosolic bacterial replication by breaching the phagosomal membranes, which is critical for the pathogen to evade host immune recognition. The critical role of LLO in the virulence of L. monocytogenes renders(More)
α-Hemolysin (Hla) is a self-assembling, channel-forming toxin that is secreted by Staphylococcus aureus and is central to the pathogenesis of pulmonary, intraperitoneal, intramammary, and corneal infections in animal models. In this study, we report that baicalin (BAI), a natural compound that lacks anti-S. aureus activity, could inhibit the hemolytic(More)
BACKGROUND α-toxin is one of the major virulence factors secreted by most Staphylococcus aureus strains, which played a central role in the pathogenesis of S. aureus pneumonia. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of capsaicin on the production of α-toxin by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) strain USA(More)
α-Hemolysin (α-HL) is a self-assembling, channel-forming toxin that is produced as a soluble monomer by Staphylococcus aureus strains. Until now, α-HL has been a significant virulence target for the treatment of S. aureus infection. In our previous report, we demonstrated that some natural compounds could bind to α-HL. Due to the binding of those compounds,(More)
Staphylococcus aureus is a versatile pathogen that can cause life-threatening infections. The growing emergence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus strains and a decrease in the discovery of new antibiotics warrant the search for new therapeutic targets to combat infections. Staphylococcus aureus produces many extracellular virulence factors that contribute(More)
Increasing bacterial resistance to available antibiotics makes the discovery of novel efficacious antibacterial agents a priority. A previous report showed that listeriolysin O (LLO) is a critical virulence factor and suggested that it is a target for developing anti-virulence drugs against Listeria monocytogenes infections. In this study, we report the(More)
Sortase A (SrtA) is a cysteine transpeptidase of most Gram-positive bacteria that is responsible for the anchorage of many surface protein virulence factors to the cell wall layer. SrtA mutants are unable to display surface proteins and are defective in the establishment of infections without affecting microbial viability. In this study, we report that(More)
The emergence and wide spread of multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) requires the development of new therapeutic agents with alternative modes of action. Anti-virulence strategies are hoped to meet that need. Sortase A (SrtA) has attracted great interest as a potential drug target to treat infections caused by S. aureus, as many of the(More)