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Name: PD Dr. Friedrich, Alexander W.
Address: Robert Koch Str. 41
Institution: Institute of Hygiene, University Hospital Münster
City: Münster Zip: DE-48151
Country: Germany Phone: 0049-251-8355366
    Fax: 0049-251-8355366


Research Topics:

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and especially enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) cause a variety of diseases ranging from diarrhoea to hemorrhagic colitis and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). EHEC associated HUS is nowadays the most common cause of acute renal failure in children. Pathogenesis of EHEC-mediated diseases are not completely understood. During last years our group has identified several potential EHEC virulence factors including adhesins, such as Sfp fimbriae and EHEC factor for adherence (Efa-1), and toxins, such as cytolethal distending toxin (CDT), an RTX toxin and a vacuolating toxin.

During the project, genome and transcriptome analysis of new virulence determinants of STEC and the compared genomic analysis of clones and their putative virulence factors with high clinical priority, such as Sorbitol-fermenting (SF) EHEC O157:HNM is performed. Furthermore, Shiga toxin subtyping and its implication in the risk analysis of severe diseases is performed focussing on the phylogenetic analysis of STEC and EHEC. Since there is presently no therapy for EHEC infections, results of these experiments are expected to enable developing new strategies to prevent and treat human diseases caused by EHEC.


Organisms studied:
  • Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7
  • Escherichia coli
  • Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) non-O157
  • Sorbitol-fermenting Escherichia coli O157:HNM


Special methods / technologies:
  • High-troughput sequencing technology
  • PCR conventional and quantitative RT-PCR
  • Southern blot, microarrays
  • Sequence analysis
  • New bioinformatic tools for the high quality analysis of sequencing data


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