Project description:In this project we examined the in-vitro effect of female sex hormones (estradiol and progesterone at average physiological concentrations) during a infection mediated by Chlamydia trachomatis serovar D, on the gene expression of human endometrial cell line ECC-1 The effects of the female sex hormones progesterone and oestradiol while infected by Chlamydia trachomatis were examined at two timepoints.
Project description:The aim of this study was to perform a microarray analysis of the response pattern of EEC from both large and small bowel to infection in vitro, using Chlamydia trachomatis infection as a model. Two human EEC lines: LCC-18, derived from a neuroendocrine colonic tumour, and CNDT-2, derived from a small intestinal carcinoid, were infected with C. trachomatis serovar LGV II strain 434 (ATCC VR-902B). Penicillin G was used to induce persistent infection. Gene expression levels in infected and persistently infected EEC cells were investigated by microarray analysis
Project description:Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular pathogen that causes trachoma and sextually transmitted disease in human. During early stage of infection, Chlamydia secreted bacterial effector proteins into host cell cytoplasm to help its entry and estabilishment of early replicated niche. We identified a Chlamydia mutant that lack an early Effector. To address the function of this effector, we infected A2EN cells with this mutant (G1V) and its complemented counterpart (G1TEPP) to see what host gene transcriptions are affected by this effector. A2EN cells were mock infected, or infected with a Chlamydia mutant or its complemented counterpart for 4 hour post infection.
Project description:The aim of this study was to perform a microarray analysis of the response pattern of EEC from both large and small bowel to infection in vitro, using Chlamydia trachomatis infection as a model. Overall design: Two human EEC lines: LCC-18, derived from a neuroendocrine colonic tumour, and CNDT-2, derived from a small intestinal carcinoid, were infected with C. trachomatis serovar LGV II strain 434 (ATCC VR-902B). Penicillin G was used to induce persistent infection. Gene expression levels in infected and persistently infected EEC cells were investigated by microarray analysis
Project description:Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular Gram-negative bacterium that frequently causes an asymptomatic genital tract infection, gradually cleared by host immunity Transcriptome profiles were made of endometrial tissue from women with or without genital tract C. trachomatis infection, to characterize host responses to infection. Profiles showed that infection polarized host defense toward Type 2 immune responses. Responses included fibrin deposition, enhanced wound repair, and tissue remodeling. Trans-cervical endometrial biopsy specimens were collected from 10 women with no identified upper or lower genital tract infection and 12 women with C. trachomatis endometrial infection.
Project description:By comprehensive quantitative proteome analysis we characterize the three growth forms elementary body (EB), reticulate body (RB) and aberrant reticulate body (ARB) of Chlamydia trachomatis genital strain D/UW-3/CX
Project description:Trachoma, a preventable blinding eye disease, is initiated by ocular infection with Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct). MicroRNA (miR) are post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression and play a major role in health and disease. We have investigated the miR profile during C. trachomatis infection of epithelial cells in vitro and in vivo during follicular trachoma with current C. trachomatis infection. Small RNA sequencing was carried out on human epithelial cells infected in vitro and on samples from five children with follicular trachoma with current Ct infection and five children with no evidence of clinical trachoma or infection. In vitro two strains of ocular Ct that differ in virulence, A2497 and isogenic plasmid-free A2497 were used to infect epithelial cell lines. RNAseq results were confirmed by qPCR in six in vitro biological replicates and in 163 clinical samples. Differential miR expression was not detected in isolated epithelial cells infected in vitro at 48 hours post infection. HCjE cells, a conjunctival epithelial cell line, have markedly different miR background expression compared to Hep2 cells. The differing miR profiles of Hep2c and HCjE suggest caution should be used when extrapolating data from Hep2 cells to a tissue-specific clinical scenario. In follicular trachoma, miR-155, miR-150, miR-142, miR-181b, miR-181a, miR-342 and miR-132 were up-regulated during current Ct infection. MiR-4728 and miR-184 were down-regulated in follicular trachoma independent of Ct infection. In follicular trachoma, miR expression reflects development and regulation of the immune response during current Ct infection and a prolonged period of wound healing following Ct clearance. Overall design: (1) miRNA sequencing of conjunctival swab samples from five individuals with trachomatous disease and five normal healthy control individuals. (2) miRNA sequencing of two cell lines (HCjE and Hep2) with three biological repeats of each of the following conditions: mock-infected, Chlamydia trachomatis strain A2497P- infected, and Chlamydia trachomatis strain A2497 infected
Project description:The prevalence of trachomatous inflammation–follicular (TF) in Solomon Island children aged 1–9 years is high enough to warrant, among other interventions, mass distribution of azithromycin. However, over 90% of those with TF did not have concurrent Chlamydia trachomatis infection. We analysed the transcriptome of children with TF and Ct infection, children diagnosed with TF but no Ct infection and children with neither TF nor Ct infection to better understand host responses during an episode of TF, and investigate whether it can provide any clues about the aetiology of TF in this context. Overall design: Purified RNA from children with and without active trachoma was run on Affimetrix GeneChip HTA 2.0. Transcriptome profiles were compared between individuals with ocular Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) infection and trachomatous inflammation-follicular (TF) (DI group: n=6), individuals with TF but no Ct infection (D group: n=7) and individuals without TF or Ct infection (N group: n=7). Differentially expressed (DE) genes were considered in isolation and also assessed for host response pathway membership.
Project description:In this project we examined in-vitro effect of female sex hormones, estradiol and progesterone at average physiological concentration level on Chlamydia trachomatis gene expression level. Regulation of chlamydial gene expression by the female sex hormones oestradiol and progesterone was examined. A total of 16 chlamydial arrays were analysed with the 4 culture conditions (no hormone, E, P, E+P) x four replicates. Bacterial samples were grown in non-hormone treated culture were used as control