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Activation Of The Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase/Akt Pathway Contributes To Survival Of Primary Epithelial Cells Infected With The Periodontal Pathogen Porphyromonas Gingivalis, Özlem Yilmaz, Thomas Jungas, Philippe Verbeke, David M. Ojcius Jul 2004

Activation Of The Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase/Akt Pathway Contributes To Survival Of Primary Epithelial Cells Infected With The Periodontal Pathogen Porphyromonas Gingivalis, Özlem Yilmaz, Thomas Jungas, Philippe Verbeke, David M. Ojcius

Dugoni School of Dentistry Faculty Articles

Porphyromonas gingivalis, an important periodontal pathogen, infects primary gingival epithelial cells (GECs). Despite the large number of bacteria that replicate inside the GECs, the host cell remains viable. We demonstrate that P. gingivalis triggers rapid and reversible surface phosphatidylserine exposure through a mechanism requiring caspase activation. However, after 1 day of infection, the bacteria no longer induce phosphatidylserine externalization and instead protect infected cells against apoptosis. Infection exerts its effect at the level of mitochondria, as P. gingivalis also blocks depolarization of the mitochondrial transmembrane potential and cytochrome c release. Interestingly, protein kinase B/Akt is phosphorylated during infection, which ...


6th Annual Pacific Research Day Abstracts, University Of The Pacific Jun 2004

6th Annual Pacific Research Day Abstracts, University Of The Pacific

Excellence Day

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2004 Pacific Undergraduate Research And Creativity Conference (Purcc) Full Program, Pacific Undergraduate Research And Creativity Conference (Purcc) Apr 2004

2004 Pacific Undergraduate Research And Creativity Conference (Purcc) Full Program, Pacific Undergraduate Research And Creativity Conference (Purcc)

Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference (PURCC)

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