The in vitro screening core, overseen by Drs Nancy Connell and Barry Kreiswirth, will provide comprehensive screening services for susceptibility and cytotoxicity determination for candidate compounds provided by the project directors. The standard wild type bacterial strains represent Mycobacterium tuberculosis (both actively growing and non-replicative), other pathogenic mycobacterial species, the ESKAPE pathogens (Enterococcus faecium. Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species) and bacterial Select Agents (Bacillus anthracis, Francisella tularensis. Yersinia pestis, Burkholderia mallei, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Rickettsia prowazekii, and Coxiella burnetii). In addition, the Public Health Research Institute has extensive collections of bacterial and fungal pathogens in collaboration with private, public and VA hospitals in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area, as well as hospitals throughout the world. The bacterial strain collection of drug susceptible and drug resistant organisms is derived largely from bloodstream, soft-tissue, burn, wound, pustules, and respiratory fluids specimens. Finally, the in vitro screening core will provide cytotoxicity screening in mammalian cells (VERO, J774.1, RAW, THP1) and intracellular antibiotic efficacy studies.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Type
Research Program--Cooperative Agreements (U19)
Project #
1U19AI109713-01
Application #
8655938
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAI1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
Rutgers University
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Newark
State
NJ
Country
United States
Zip Code
07103