2012

AFC Summer 2012 meeting

AFC Summer 2012

Held at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex

July 5th-6th 2012

Scientific Programme

Session 1: Brighton and Sussex Medical School and University ofSussex Symposium

Genetic susceptibility to M.tuberculosis
Melanie Newport

Interactions between a novel transcriptional activator and RNA polymerase
Mark Paget

Flow-cytometry in the diagnosis of active TB
Florian Kern

DNA repair in mycobacteria
Aidan Doherty

The effect of growth rate on the efficacy of isoniazid against Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Alice Marriott, Jon Allnutt, Kim Hatch, Catherine Arnold, Tim McHugh, Philip Marsh, Joanna Bacon, HPA Microbiology Services, Porton Down, Salisbury

Session 2: Guest speaker

Host-pathogen interactions in TB
Olivier Neyrolles. CNRS, Toulouse

Session 3: Offered papers

Evaluating BCG and novel TB vaccine candidates with a human BCG challenge model
Joel Meyer, S Harris, I Satti, A Minassian, H Fletcher, H McShane, Jenner Institute, Oxford University

Does biofilm growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis replicate features of the phenotypes observed in tuberculous sputum?
Abdulwhab Binjomah, Andrew Bell, Su-Min Lee, Galina Mukamolova, Natalie Garton and Mike Barer, Department of Infection Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester

The role of peptidoglycan glycolylation in mycobacterial dormancy and resuscitation
Jessica Loraine, Obolbek Turapov, Jacob Biboy, Waldemar VollmerandGalina Mukamolova, Infection, Immunity, Inflammation Department and Chemistry Department, University of Leicester

Transcriptional profiling of disease-induced host responses in bovine tuberculosis
Elihu Aranday-Cortes, Philip J. Hogarth, Daryan A. Kaveh, Adam O. Whelan, Bernardo Villarreal-Ramos, Ajit Lalvani, H. Martin Vordermeier, Animal Heath & Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Surrey

Measuring phosphorylation of the metabolic regulator GarA in living mycobacteria
Barbara Rieck, A. R. Bottrill, H M O’Hare, Department of Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation, University of Leicester

Session 3: Offered papers

Genome-wide mapping of the GlnR regulon in Mycobacterium smegmatis
Victoria Jenkins, Brian Robertson and Kerstin Williams, MRC CMBI, Flowers Building, Imperial College London, South Kensington, London

Identification of novel Mt-GuaB2 inhibitor series active against M. tuberculosis
Veeraraghavan Usha, Judith V. Hobrath, Sudagar S. Gurcha, Robert C. Reynoldsand Gurdyal S. Besra, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham

ATP-dependent Mur ligases in the biogenesis of cell wall peptidoglycan in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: novel targets for anti-TB drug discovery
Tulika Munshi, Antima Gupta, Dimitrios Evangelopolous, Juan David Guzman, Nicholas H. Keep, Simon Gibbons and Sanjib Bhakta, Mycobacteria Research Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, Institute of Structural & Molecular Biology, Birkbeck, University of London

Impaired host immune system favours tuberculosis induced by Mycobacterium africanum but not Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Leopold. D. Tientcheu, J. Sutherland, B. de Jong, S. Smith, H. M. Dockrell, M. O. Ota, Vaccinology Theme, Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia, and Department of Immunology and Infection, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Disease, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

AFC Winter 2012 meeting

AFC Winter 2012

Held at Imperial College, London

January 6th 2012

Scientific Programme

Session 1

Independent impact of tuberculosis disease stage and HIV co-infection on Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB)-specific cellular immunity
Katrina M Pollock, Montamat-Sicotte D, Cooke G, Kapembwa M, Kon O M, Taylor G P and Lalvani A. Tuberculosis Research Unit, Department of Respiratory Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London

Mycobacterial Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT) assay as a correlate of protection against TB
Leanne Marsay, R. Tanner, H. Poyntz, K. Griffiths, E. Stylianou, M. Kostov, H. Fletcher, S. Sharpe, H. McShane. The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Increased diagnostic yield of sputum samples for Mycobacterium tuberculosis by loop mediated amplification (LAMP) compared to sputum microscopy in Kerbala, Iraq
Mohanad Ahmed, Hassan Abood, Natalie Garton and Mike Barer.West Euphrates Research Unit, Kerbala University, Kerbala, Iraq

Evaluation of the influence of the route of administration in the immunogenicity of Ad5-Ag85A as booster in BCG vaccinated cattle
Adam Whelan, Pinar Court, Glyn Hewinson, Xhou Zing, Derek Clifford, Martin Vordermeier, Bernardo Villarreal-Ramos. TB Research Group, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Surrey

A TetR-type regulator represses the production of oleic acid in mycobacteria
Mahmudul Hasan Sikder, Mike Withers, Ricardo Balhana, Neil Stoker and Sharon Kendall. Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, The Royal Veterinary College, London

Session 2

Vitamin D accelerates resolution of inflammatory responses during tuberculosis treatment
Anna KCoussens, Hanifa Y, Nikolayevskyy V, Elkington PT, Islam K, Timms PM, Venton TR, Bothamley GH, Packe GE, Darmalingam M, Davidson RN, Milburn HJ, Baker LV, Barker RD, Mein CA, Bhaw-Rosun L, Nuamah R, Young DB, Drobniewski FA, Griffiths CJ, Wilkinson RJ, Martineau AR. Division of Mycobacterial Research, MRC National Institute of Medical Research, London

Expression of the two ClpP protease subunits in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Yoann Personne, Amanda C. Brown, Tanya Parish. Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Phthiocerol dimycocerosate waxes are potential biomarkers for the rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis in sputum
David E. Minnikin, Ruth McNerney,Denise M. O’ Sullivan, Simona C. Nicoara, Elizabeth L. Corbett, Reggie Mutetwa, Stanley Mungofa, Oona Y-C. Lee, Max W. Bardwell, Geraint H. Morgan. School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham

Systems pharmacology approach to antimycobacterial drug discovery. Luiz Pedro S. de Carvalho and Douglas Young. Division of Mycobacterial Research, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London

Serodiagnosis of tuberculosis: due to change track
Juraj Ivanyi. Guy’s Campus of Kings College London