Microbiology and immunology

1. Bacterial infections of eukaryotic hosts

  • Molecular characterisation of outer membrane vesicles in endophytic Pseudomonas and Rhizobium bacteria and evaluation of their role in the stimulation of induced systemic response in plants (Adam Choma)
  • Bacterial determinants of increased virulence of Legionella pneumophila serotype 1 strains (Marta Palusińska-Szysz)
  • Phenotypic properties and localisation of mutations in Agrobacterium tumefaciens clones defective in endotoxin synthesis. Analyses of the ability of the mutants to induce tumours in plants (Iwona Komaniecka)
  • Structural diversity of lipopolysaccharide in Aeromonas - correlations between the LPS structure, virulence of strains, and ability to survive in amoebas, i.e. the natural reservoir of bacteria in the aquatic environment (Anna Turska-Szewczuk)
  • Significance of the composition of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens outer membrane for infection of crop plants (Iwona Komaniecka)

2. Bioactive invertebrate molecules, mechanisms of innate immunity of insects, and use of insect models in studies of host-pathogen interactions

  • New antimycotic polycations - synthesis, chemical characteristics, toxicity, and antifungal spectrum (Małgorzata Cytryńska)
  • Bioactive compounds in the immune response of Galleria mellonella infected with the entomopathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas entomophila. Modulation of the immune response in immune priming (Iwona Wojda)
  • Analysis of anionic and cationic interactions of four different families of immune Galleria mellonella peptides with bacterial and fungal cells (Małgorzata Cytryńska)
  • Activity, chemical characteristics, and effects of the polysaccharide-protein fraction of the coelomic fluid from Dendrobaena veneta earthworms on clinical Candida albicans strains ( Marta Fiołka)
  • Alpha-1,3-glucan, a component of the fungal cell wall, as an inducer of innate immune response in insects (Sylwia Stączek)

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