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  • 1
    In: Infection and Immunity, 2000, Vol. 68(4), p.2309
    ISSN: 0019-9567
    ISSN: 00199567
    Source: American Society of Microbiology
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    In: Infection and Immunity, 2000, Vol. 68(11), p.6441
    Description: Haemophilus ducreyi expresses a peptidoglycan-associated lipoprotein (PAL) that exhibits extensive homology to Haemophilus influenzae protein 6. We constructed an isogenic PAL mutant (35000HP-SMS4) by the use of a suicide vector that contains lacZ as a counterselectable marker. H. ducreyi 35000HP-SMS4 and its parent, 35000HP, had similar growth rates in broth and similar lipooligosaccharide profiles. 35000HP-SMS4 formed smaller, more transparent colonies than 35000HP and, unlike its parent, was hypersensitive to antibiotics. Complementation of the mutant in trans restored the parental phenotypes. To test whether expression of PAL is required for virulence, nine human volunteers were experimentally infected. Each subject was inoculated with two doses (41 to 89 CFU) of live 35000HP and one dose of heat-killed bacteria on one arm and with three doses (ranging from 28 to 800 CFU) of live 35000HP-SMS4 on the other arm. Papules developed at similar rates at sites inoculated with the mutant or parent but were significantly smaller at mutant-inoculated sites than at parent-inoculated sites. The pustule formation rate was 72% (95% confidence interval [CI], 46.5 to 90.3%) at 18 parent sites and 11% (95% CI, 2.4 to 29.2%) at 27 mutant sites (P 〈 0.0001). The rates of recovery of H. ducreyi from surface cultures were 8% (n = 130; 95% CI, 4.3 to 14.6%) for parent-inoculated sites and 0% (n = 120; 95% CI, 0.0 to 2.5%) for mutant-inoculated sites (P 〈 0.001). H. ducreyi was recovered from six of seven biopsied parent-inoculated sites and from one of three biopsied mutant-inoculated sites. Confocal microscopy confirmed that the bacteria present in a mutant inoculation site pustule lacked a PAL-specific epitope. Although biosafety regulations precluded our testing the complemented mutant in humans, these results suggest that expression of PAL facilitates the ability of H. ducreyi to progress to the pustular stage of disease.
    Keywords: Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins ; Proteoglycans ; Haemophilus Infections -- Etiology ; Haemophilus Ducreyi -- Pathogenicity ; Lipoproteins -- Metabolism ; Peptidoglycan -- Metabolism;
    ISSN: 0019-9567
    ISSN: 00199567
    E-ISSN: 10985522
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    Language: English
    In: The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 1 March 2000, Vol.181(3), pp.1049-1054
    Description: Haemophilus ducreyi expresses a conserved hemoglobin-binding outer-membrane protein (HgbA). To test the role of HgbA in pathogenesis, we infected 9 adults with isolate 35000 and its isogenic hgbA-inactivated mutant (FX504) on their upper arms in a double-blinded, escalating dose-response study. Papules developed at similar rates at sites inoculated with the mutant or parent. The pustule-formation rate was 55% (95% confidence interval [CI], 30.8%-78.5%) at parent sites and 0 (95% CI, 0-10.5%) at mutant sites (P 〈 .0001). The recovery rate of H. ducreyi from surface cultures was 16% (n = 142) from parent sites and 0 (n = 213) from mutant sites (P 〈 .0001). H. ducreyi was recovered at biopsy from 6 of 7 parent sites and from 0 of 3 mutant sites. The results indicate that hemoglobin may be a critical source of heme or iron for the establishment of H. ducreyi infection in humans.
    Keywords: Physical sciences -- Chemistry -- Chemical compounds -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Microbiology -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Microbiology -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Infections -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Physical sciences -- Chemistry -- Chemical compounds -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Health sciences -- Medical diagnosis -- Diagnostic methods -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Health sciences -- Medical sciences -- Pharmacology -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Health sciences -- Medical sciences -- Immunology -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Physical trauma -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Health sciences -- Health and wellness -- Public health -- Haemophilus ducreyi
    ISSN: 00221899
    E-ISSN: 15376613
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    In: Infection and Immunity, 2000, Vol. 68(5), p.2602
    Description: Haemophilus ducreyi expresses 2 OmpA homologs, designated MOMP and OmpA2, whose genes are arranged in tandem on the chromosome. Northern blot analysis indicated that momp and ompA2 are transcribed independently. Sequences of the momp open reading frame (ORF) lacking the transcriptional start site were amplified by PCR, and an Omega-Km2 cassette was ligated into the ORF. A plasmid containing this construction was electroporated into H. ducreyi 35000HP, and an isogenic MOMP-deficient mutant (35000HP-SMS2) was generated by allele exchange. In Southern blotting, 35000HP-SMS2 contained one copy of the Omega-Km2 cassette in momp. 35000HP and 35000HP-SMS2 had similar outer membrane protein (OMP) and lipooligosaccharide profiles and growth rates except for up-regulation of a putative porin protein in the mutant. Five subjects were inoculated with three doses of live 35000HP-SMS2 on one arm and two doses of live 35000HP and one dose of a heat-killed control on the other arm in a double-blind escalating dose-response trial. Pustules developed at 7 of 10 sites inoculated with 35000HP and at 6 of 15 sites inoculated with 35000HP-SMS2 (P = 0.14). 35000HP and 35000HP-SMS2 were recovered at similar rates from daily surface cultures and semiquantitative cultures. The data suggest that expression of MOMP is not required for pustule formation by H. ducreyi in the human model of infection.
    Keywords: Medicine ; Biology;
    ISSN: 0019-9567
    ISSN: 00199567
    E-ISSN: 10985522
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    In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2000, Vol.27(2), pp.111-114
    Description: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:: To study Haemophilus ducreyi pathogenesis, the authors developed an experimental model of infection in human volunteers. The authors analyze their cumulative experience with strain 35000 in the model and calculate the papule and pustule formation rates for estimated delivered doses (EDDs) ranging from 1 cfu to 100 cfu. STUDY DESIGN:: RESULTS:: CONCLUSION:: H ducreyi is highly infectious for humans. Inoculation of an EDD of 1 cfu causes a papule formation rate of 50%. Pustule formation rates are approximately 50% for 27 cfu and 90% for 100 cfu.
    Keywords: Hemophilus Infections -- Research;
    ISSN: 0148-5717
    E-ISSN: 15374521
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 1 March 2000, Vol.181(3), pp.1176-1179
    Description: Haemophilus ducreyi expresses fine tangled pili, which are composed predominantly of a major subunit (FtpA). Confocal microscopy showed that an FtpA-specific monoclonal antibody bound to bacteria in biopsy samples obtained from infected human volunteers. To test the role of pili in pathogenesis, an isogenic mutant (35000HP-SMS1) was constructed by insertionally inactivating ftpA 35000HP-SMS1 did not express FtpA and was nonpiliated but was otherwise identical to its parent, 35000HP. Seven healthy adults were challenged on the upper arm with the isogenic isolates in a double-blinded, escalating dose-response study. Sites inoculated with the mutant produced papules and pustules at rates similar to the rates observed at sites inoculated with the parent. The recovery rate of H. ducreyi from cultures and the histopathology of biopsy samples obtained from pustules inoculated with 35000HP or 35000HP-SMS1 were similar. Although pili are expressed in vivo, FtpA is not required for pustule formation in the human challenge model.
    Keywords: Biological sciences -- Biology -- Microbiology -- Haemophilus ducreyi ; Health sciences -- Medical diagnosis -- Diagnostic methods -- Polyclonal antibodies ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Microbiology -- Polyclonal antibodies ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Physical trauma -- Polyclonal antibodies ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Infections -- Polyclonal antibodies ; Health sciences -- Medical sciences -- Immunology -- Polyclonal antibodies ; Health sciences -- Medical sciences -- Immunology -- Polyclonal antibodies ; Applied sciences -- Laboratory techniques -- Microscopy -- Polyclonal antibodies ; Health sciences -- Medical sciences -- Immunology -- Polyclonal antibodies ; Physical sciences -- Chemistry -- Chemical compounds -- Polyclonal antibodies
    ISSN: 00221899
    E-ISSN: 15376613
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