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Pathogenic Microbiology Commons

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2015

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Alternate Germinants Of C. Difficile, A Leading Hospital Pathogen, Sean Tanzey, Ernesto Abel-Santos Jan 2015

Alternate Germinants Of C. Difficile, A Leading Hospital Pathogen, Sean Tanzey, Ernesto Abel-Santos

McNair Poster Presentations

Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) are the leading nosocomial infections worldwide. Humans are asymptomatic carriers of C. difficile spores in the intestinal tract. The process known as germination occurs when otherwise harmless C. difficile spores are converted to toxin-producing cells upon recognition of bile salts in humans. This distinctive transition ultimately leads to the onset of disease and recurrent CDI. Germination profiles will be characterized in response to peptidoglycan (PG) fragments isolated from various bacterial species. These specific peptidoglycan fragments contain different amino acid residues that may induce different germination responses. Purification and structural determination of the peptidoglycan fragments will be ...