Coxiella burnetii is an obligate intracellular pathogen of humans. Spore-like particles develop during bacterial infection that are highly infectious when aerosolized. Very little is known about virulence determinants produced by C. burnetii, however, a type IV secretion system associated with this pathogen is thought to deliver proteins into mammalian host cells that enable intracellular trafficking and replication of the organism. We have identified multiple C. burnetii proteins that are substrates of this type IV secretion system. In this project we will use SILAC-labeling techniques to identify mammalian proteins targeted by these C. burnetii type effectors. Biochemical, genetic and proteomic approaches will be used to determine the in vivo function of these virulence determinants.

Public Health Relevance

These studies will provide unique insight into the mechanism used by C. burnetii to establish infection in eukaryotic host cells, information that is essential for future development of vaccines and Pharmaceuticals that can combat infection.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Type
Specialized Center--Cooperative Agreements (U54)
Project #
5U54AI057158-10
Application #
8444630
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAI1-DDS-M)
Project Start
Project End
2015-02-28
Budget Start
2013-03-01
Budget End
2015-02-28
Support Year
10
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$340,946
Indirect Cost
$25,570
Name
Columbia University (N.Y.)
Department
Type
DUNS #
621889815
City
New York
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
10032
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