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AFC Winter 2006 meeting

AFC Winter 2006

Held at The Royal Free Hospital, London

January 20th 2006

Scientific Programme

Session 1
Markers of Treatment Response in Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Felicity Perrin, Yasmin Parsons, Clare Ling, Tim McHugh, Marc Lipman & Stephen Gillespie. Centre for Medical Microbiology, UCL, London

Macrophages undergo caspase-independent cell death after infection with M. tuberculosis
M.P. O’Sullivan, S. O’Leary , D. Kelly, A. ten Bokum & J. Keane. Institute of Molecular Medicine, Trinity College & St James Hospital, Dublin

Proteomic comparison of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis grown in vitro and isolated from clinical cases of ovine paratuberculosis
V.M. Hughes, S, Smith, A. Garcia-Sanchez & K Stevenson. Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh

Transmission of M. tuberculosis undetected by PPD skin testing
S.T.B. Anderson,S.M. Newton, J.R. Brown, A. Williams, R.N. Davidson, M. Nicol, M.Levin, R.J.Wilkinson & K.A.Wilkinson. Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College, London.

A new tool for studying the immune response of the guinea pig model of tuberculosis
Julia Tree, Michael Elmore, Ann Williams & Philip Marsh. Centre for Emergency Response and Preparedness, Health Protection Agency, Salisbury

Boosting of T cell responses in either BCG vaccinated or latently infected with mycobacterium tuberculosis subjects using MVA expressing 85A – results of phase I trials
A.A. Pathan, C.R. Sander, N. Beveridge, H.A. Fletcher, F. Gleeson, R.J.O. Davies, G. Pasvol, A.V.S. Hill & H. McShane. Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford

Session 2

Immune responses induced by infant BCG vaccination in Malawi and the UK
M.K. Lalor, A.Ben-Smith, R.E.Weir, P.Gorak-Stolinska, S. Floyd, K.Makamo, R. Blitz, H.Mvula, M.J.Newport, K. Branson, A. Jahn, A.C.Crampin, P.E.Fine & H.M.Dockrell. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London

Isoprenoid biosynthesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis- a potential new drug target?
Amanda Brown, Matthias Eberl,  Tanya Parish, Barts & the London, QMSMD, London

Sputum induction as a non-invasive method of detecting clinically elevant immune responses in all patients with tuberculosis
RAM Breen, GA Hardy, I Cropley, G Janossy & MCI Lipman. Depts Thoracic & HIV Medicine, Royal Free Hospital. London

Ecotypes of the M. tuberculosis complex
Noel H. Smith, Kristin Kremer, Jacqueline Inwald, James Dale, Jeffrey R. Driscoll, Stephen V. Gordon, Dick van Soolingen, R. Glyn Hewinson & John Maynard Smith. Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Addlestone, Surrey.

AFC Summer 2014 meeting (60th anniversary)

AFC Summer 2014

60th Anniversary meeting, Berlin

July 10-11 2014

Scientific Programme

Session 1: Berlin + Aeras Special

TB Research in Berlin Spanning 130 Years
Stefan Kaufmann, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Interferons, Inflammation and Lung Injury in TB
Anca Dorhoi, MPIIB

Molecular profiling for host biomarker discovery in health and disease
Jeroen Maertzdorf, MPIIB

Individuality in disease: patient-specific and cell-specific gene expression in TB
January Weiner, MPIIB

Session 2: Offered papers

Metabolic models of mycobacteria: systems insights into pathogenesis
Johnjoe McFadden, University of Surrey

Transcriptome analysis reveals differential innate immune response of bovine macrophages to strains of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex
Kevin Rue-Albrecht, David A. Magee, Kevin M. Conlon, Nicolas C. Nalpas, John A. Browne, Paul A. McGettigan, Claire Healy, Kirsten E. McLoughlin, Eamonn Gormley, David E. MacHugh and Stephen V. Gordon, University College Dublin

Tetrahydrobiopterin production by macrophages is not required for protective immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Elena Stylianou, Eileen McNeill, Rachel Kandt, Keith Channon, Helen McShane, The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford

A brief history of the Acid Fast Club
Ann Rawkins, Public Health England, Porton Down

Session 3: Offered papers

Degradosome as one of the major RNA processing complexes in mycobacteria
Przemyslaw Plocinski, Maria Macios, Emilia Niemiec, Joanna Houghton, Douglas Young and Andrzej Dziembowski, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences

NO biomarker for TB –  Expired nitric oxide and lipid body content of tubercle bacilli in sputum
Baye Gelaw, Natalie J. Garton, Gashaw Mesele,Tadye Abeje, Salie Ayalew, Pranabashis Haldar, Abraham Assefa, and Michael R Barer, Department of Medical Microbiology, CMHS, UOG, Ethiopia

Whole genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from sputum: a revolution in diagnostic microbiology
Amanda Claire Brown and members of the PathSeek project consortium, Oxford Gene Technology

Characterisation of host genetic factors that influence pathogen-host interplay during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection
K. M. Kreutzfeldt, L. Mullen, C. Finan, S. J. Waddell, A. Marchant, M. J. Newportand S. M. Sacre, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex

The use of gene expression profiling in Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a tool to study drug efficacy and action
Dimitrios Evangelopoulos, Aidan Hanrath,Iva Treveska, Magdalena Karlikowska, Isobella Honeyborne, Sanjib Bhakta, Simon Waddel, Philip Butcherand Timothy D. McHugh, Centre for Clinical Microbiology, Royal Free Campus, University College London

Session 4: Offered papers

Development of a BCG challenge model for the testing of vaccine candidates against bovine tuberculosis
Villarreal-Ramos, B., Berg, S., Chamberlain, L., McShane, H., Hewinson, R. G., Clifford, D., Vordermeier, M., Bovine TB Group, AHVLA, Weybridge, New Haw, Surrey

Metabolite-Regulated Shutdown of Efflux Pumps is Critical for Mycobacterial Survival in Non-Permissive Growth Conditions
Obolbek Turapov, Simon J Waddell, Asel Sarybaeva, Bernard Burke, Sarah Glenn, Griselda Tudo, Gilles Labesse, Danielle I. Young, Michael YoungPeter W. Andrew, Philip D. Butcher, Martin Cohen-Gonsaud,Galina V. Mukamolova, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester

Redefining the mechanism of action of D-cycloserine in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Gareth A. Prosser, Luiz Pedro Carvalho, National Institute for Medical Research, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London

AZALEP A randomized controlled trial of azathioprine to treat leprosy nerve damage and reactions in India: main findings
Lockwood DNJ, Darlong J, Pichimani G, Royce KK, Sundar Rao, Annamma John, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London

A guide to killing your host cell, by Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Graham Stewart, Robert Francis, Rachel Butler, Tom Mendum, Shaza Felemban, University of Surrey

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AFC Summer 2005 meeting

AFC Summer 2005

Held at the University of Birmingham Medical school

July 15th 2005

Scientific Programme

Session 1

mycoDB: an online resource for mycobacterial genomics
Roy Chaudhuri, Birmingham University

Intranasal IFN-gamma extends the period of passive protection by IgA anti-acr mAB in Mycobacterium tuberculosis aerosol infected BALB/c mice
Rajko Reljic, Ann Williams, Simon Clark, Stephan Challacombe, Philip Marsh, & Juraj Ivanyi, Guys Hospital Campus, Kings College London

VNTR/MIRU typing of M. tuberculosis: a useful tool in TB control?
Krishna K Gopaul, Timothy J Brown, Andrea L Gibson, Malcolm D Yates & Francis A Drobniewski, HPA, Mycobacterium Reference Unit, London

A prospective study of paradoxical reactions in tuberculosis patients
RAM Breen, F Perrin, JP Dilworth, I Cropley, MA Johnson & MCI Lipman. Depts of Thoracic & HIV Medicine, Royal Free Hospital, London

The α-crystallin-like acr gene is responsible for hypervirulence in an Mycobacterium tuberculosis ΔdosR mutant
Yanmin Hu , Farahnaz Movahedzadeh , Neil G. Stoker & Anthony R. M. Coates. Dept Medical Microbiology, St George’s University of London and the Royal Veterinary College

Session 2

Development of a Detection System to Identify TB-specific CD8 T-cell Responses Induced by Vaccination with BCG and Boosted with a Recombinant Viral Vector
Kathryn T Whelan, Clare R Sander, Ansar A Pathan, Helen A Fletcher, Tamara K Berthoud, Adrian VS Hill & Helen McShane, University of Oxford

Rapid identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTC) and non-tuberculosis (NTB) in a routine diagnostic laboratory
Kerry J. Williams, Clare Ling, Claire Jenkins, Stephen H Gillespie & Timothy D. McHugh. Centre for Medical Microbiology, Hampstead Campus, UCL

How does anti-TNF-α treatment in patients with autoimmune disease lead to increased susceptibility to tuberculosis?
Newton S.M., Mackie S., Martineau A.R., Wilkinson K.A, Fischer C., Dhutta S., Kampmann B., Levin M., Wilkinson R.J. & Pasvol G. Wellcome Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine, Imperial College

Detection of bovine tuberculosis in spill-over hosts
Jahans KL, Worth D, Brown J & Monies RJ. Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Addlestone, Surrey

AFC Winter 2005 meeting

AFC Winter 2005

January 2005

Scientific Programme

Session 1
What do microarrays really tell us about M. tuberculosis?
Neil Stoker

Evaluation of TB vaccines in guinea pigs – challenges and solutions to improve discrimination between candidates
Ann Williams, Hatch GJ, Clark SO, Gooch K, Hatch K, Hall GA, Marsh PD. (submitted by J. Ivanyi)

Ancient DNA analysis of cases of lepromatous leprosy from the archaeological record
C L Watson, S Mays D N J Lockwood & G M Taylor

Role of Mycobacterium tuberculosis PGL derivative, pHBAD-II, in innate immunity.
Ruth Griffin, Pearline Benjamin, Steven Coade, Germain Puzo, Brigitte Gicquel, Roger Buxton, Douglas Young, Mary Jackson, Ricardo Tascon Douglas Lowrie

Investigation of rifampicin resistance in isoniazid resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolated during an outbreak in North London
C. Jenkins, A. Claxton, R.J. Shorten, T.D. McHugh and S.H. Gillespie

Vitamin D: a double-edged sword in anti-mycobacterial immunity?
Martineau AR, Newton SM, Wilkinson KA, Norman AW, Griffiths CJ, Wilkinson RJ

Session 2
Effectiveness and acceptability of TB screening: a randomised trial and qualitative study
Chris Griffiths, Pat Sturdy, Penny Brewin, Meg McDonald, Adrian Martineau, Sandra Eldridge, Gene Feder, Miriam Beeks, Anna Jones, Graham Bothamley, Moira Kelly, Jean Ramsay, Ali Zumla

Disseminated Mycobacterium TB infection due to functional IFN-gamma deficiency
SL Seneviratne, R Doffinger , J McFarlane, L Ceron-Gutierrez, MR Amel Kasipaz, A Robbins, P Powell, DS Kumararatne, RJ Powell

A FHA domain-containing phospho-dependent signalling pathway of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is required for virulence in mice
Juliet M. Curry, Rachael Whalan, Debbie M. Hunt, Kalpesh Gohil, Molly Strom, Lisa Rickman, M. Joseph Colston, Stephen J. Smerdon and Roger S. Buxton

Regulating gene expression in mycobacteria. All in the ‘mind’
Marian C. J. Blokpoel, Helen Murphy, Ronan O’Toole, Siouxsie Wiles, Graham R. Stewart, Douglas B. Young, Brian D. Robertson

Control of M. bovis in the presence of a wildlife reservoir
Dirk Pfeiffer (submitted by Neil Stoker)

AFC Summer 2004 meeting

AFC Summer 2004

July 2004

Scientific Programme

Session 1

Methionine- the preferred sulphur source for pathogenic mycobacteria? Refining the genomic information with metabolic investigations
Paul R Wheeler, Nicholas G Coldham, Lisa Keating, Stephen V Gordon, Esen E Wooff, Tanya Parish and R Glyn Hewinson. VLA

Effect of prednisolone treatment on cytokine expression in leprosy patients with type 1 reaction (T1R)
Anna K Andersson, Mehervani Chaduvula, Sara Atkinson, Saroj Khanolkar-Young, Martin Holland, Suman Jain, Lavanya Suneetha, Sujai Suneetha and Diana N J Lockwood. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Characteristic genomic deletion pattern in clinical isolates of M. tuberculosis from South Asian patients
M. Carmen Menendez, Rahizan Issa, Roger S. Buxton, Evangelos Stavropoulos, Peter M. Hawkey and M. Joseph Colston

The role of oxidative stress in Mycobacterium tuberculosis evolution
O’ Sullivan D, McHugh TD, Gillespie SH. Royal Free & University College London Medical School

IFN gamma responses in young adults from the UK BCG programme: The first SSI BCG vaccinated cohort
Patricia Gorak-Stolinska, Rosemary E. Weir, Maeve Lalor, Rose Blitz, Nisha Faruk, Paul E.M. Fine, Hazel M. Dockrell. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

DGAT, FATP and FACS, does the TAG team do it for M tuberculosis in vivo?
Natalie Garton, University of Leicester

Session 2

An investigation of the phenotype of an outbreak strain of M. tuberculosis.
SM Newton, KA Wilkinson, RJ Smith, GR Stewart, JR Wain, RA Stabler, P Butcher, J Shafi, P Andrew, M Barer, RJ Wilkinson Imperial College London

Involvement of a specific phospholipase D isoform in the ATP-mediated killing of intracellular mycobacteria
Lorna Forse, Cheuk Li and Tony Lammas. University of Birmingham

IL-4 delta 2 and Th2 cytokines in human Pulmonary Tuberculosis
K Dheda, JF Huggett, MA Johnson, A Zumla and G Rook. UCL and Royal Free Medical School

Population genetics of Mycobacterium bovis field strains from cattle in Iran
Tadayon, Keyvan, Forbes, Ken. University of Aberdeen

Did mutational ablation of a CRP-like global regulator contribute to the attenuation of BCG? Claire Spreadbury and Mark Pallen

AFC Winter 2004 meeting

AFC Winter 2004

January 2004

Scientific Programme

Session 1

Stationary phase gene expression of Mycobacterium tuberculosis following a progressive nutrient depletion: a model for persistent organisms?
Tobias Hampshire, Shamit Soneji, Joanna Bacon, Brian W James, Jason Hinds, Philip D Marsh and Philip D Butcher

Mycobacterium bovis and the Atkins diet
Lisa Keating, Paul R Wheeler, Huma Mansoor, Jackie Inwald, R Glyn Hewinson and Stephen V Gordon

The effect of treatment of latent tuberculosis infection on the frequency of M. tuberculosis specific IFN-γ producing cells
Wilkinson, KA, Kon, OM Davidson, RN, Pasvol, G., Wilkinson, R.J

How do the Rpf proteins stimulate bacterial growth?
G Mukamolova, A Ravagnani, C Finan, R Shleeva, D I Young, O A Turapov, A S Kaprelyants & M Young

Gene expression patterns in blood discriminate individuals with active, cured, recurrent or latent tuberculosis
R Mistry, CL Clayton, J Cliff, N Beyers, Y Mohamed, PA Wilson, DM Wallace, P van Helden, K Duncan and PT Lukey

Treatment of tuberculosis: time for a new paradigm?
Stephen Gillespie

Session 2

The modulation of bovine T-cell responses by glycans of the Mycobacterium bovis antigen MPB83
AO Whelan, RG Hewinson and HM Vordermeier

Whole genome analysis of a mutant M. tuberculosis informs rational antigen discovery: Rv0251c (Acr 2) is a major target of the early human T cell response
Stewart GR, Wilkinson KA, Horner K, Newton, SM, Wain, JR, Murphy H, Dickson SJ, Young DB, Wilkinson RJ

The signal transducing activity of the M. tuberculosis chaperonin 60.1 protein is associated with the equatorial domain
Peter Tormay, Sajeda Meghji, Jon Mesher, Brian Henderson and Anthony R. M. Coates

Fructose bisphosphatase in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex – the missing link in central metabolism
Farah Movahedzadeh, Stuart Rison, Neil Stoker and Paul Wheeler

AFC Summer 2003 meeting

AFC Summer 2003

Held at Leicester University

July 2003

Scientific Programme

Special symposium – The Leicester Crown Hills School TB Outbreak
A public health perspective
Philip Monk. East Midlands, Health Protection team

A clinical perspective
Wren Hoskins. Consultant Paediatrician

Immune responses to the outbreak strain
Ajit Lalvani. Oxford University

Applied genomics of the outbreak strain
Mike Barer. Leicester University

Session 1 – Dedicated to the memory of Jo Colston
Functional activation of dendritic cells in response to Mycobacterial infection
E. Roy, M. Yang, J. Downey, J.C. Ferraz, S. Coade, B. stockinger, M. J. Colston and R. E. Tascon

The Influence of reduced oxygen availability on virulence and gene expression in M.

Joanna Bacon, Brian W. James, Kim A. Morley, Lorenz Wernisch, Ann Williams, Graham J. Hatch, Kristian Birchall, Joseph A. Mangan, Jason Hinds, Philip D. Butcher and Philip D. Marsh

A revised role for NusA in rrn anti-termination
K. Arnvig, S. Cochrane, B. Gopal, S. Pennell and M.J. Colston

Could we ever take M. tuberculosis out of the Cat3 laboratory?
Farah Movahedzadeh and Neil Stoker

The role of DNA repair genes in Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis
Lucinda Rand and Elaine Davis

Session 2
The Phase I Evaluation of a Candidate TB Vaccine, MVA85
Helen McShane, Ansar Pathan, Adrian Hill

Shedding light on the ephemeral activity of resuscitation promoting factor: use of
bioluminescence to measure activity
Angharad Davies, Brian Henderson, John Ward, Mike Young & Stephen Gillespie

Immune profiling of leprosy and tuberculosis patients to 15-mer peptides of M. leprae
and M. tuberculosis GroES in a BCG vaccinated area: Implications for development of
vaccine and diagnostic reagents
R. Hussain, F. Shahid, S. Zafar, M. Dhojki, H. M. Dockrell

Functional Genomics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex proteins linked to
tuberculosis pathogenesis and protective immunity
Philip S Renshaw, Marieke J Bloemink, Ellen Denten, Kirsten Lightbody, Stephen V Gordon, R Glyn Hewinson, Geoff Kelly, Thomas A Frenkiel, Richard A Williamson and Mark D Carr

Session 3
Sensor Sensibility: the input domains of Mycobacterial 2-component system sensor
Stuart Rison and Neil Stoker

Selective susceptibility to disseminated mycobacterial infections caused by auto
antibodies to gamma interferon

Doffinger R, Helbert M, Longhurst H,Barcenas-Morales G, Barnes N, Kumararatne D

Description of a new M. tuberculosis lineage, Kilimanjaro 1: defining the boundaries.
Rob Shorten, Tim McHugh, Sarah Batt, Roly Gosling, Esther Kanduma & Stephen

Early mycobacterial infection of mouse lung dendritic cells in vivo
Rajko Reljic, Caterina Di Sano, Carol Crawford, Francesco Dieli, Stephen Challacombe1 and Juraj

Cytochrome P450 systems in M. tuberculosis – novel targets for azole-based drugs.
Andrew Munro

Signature gene expression profiles discriminate between isoniazid, thiolactomycin and
triclosan treated Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Joanna C. Betts, Alistair McLaren, Mark G. Lennon, Fiona M. Kelly, Pauline T. Lukey, Steve J. Blakemore and Ken Duncan

AFC Winter 2003 meeting

AFC Winter 2003

January 2003

Scientific Programme

Session 1

TB imaging- a new way forward?
Satya Das, KE Britton, DW Wareham (introduced by Tanya Parish)

The SenX3 RegX3 two component regulatory system of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Gretta Roberts, Debbie Smith, Jo Betts, Neil Stoker, Tanya Parish

Increased mRNA encoding IL-4d2 and IL-4 in unstimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells from those TB contacts whose cells release IFN in response to ESAT-6
Helen Fletcher, Roger Brookes, Patrick Owiafe, Philip Hill, Mark Doherty, Graham Rook, Alimuddin Zumla & the VACSELstudy group

The cAMP receptor protein (CRP) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis: effect of a null mutation in this global regulator
Lisa Rickman, Jeffrey Green, Colin Scott, Jo Colston and Roger Buxton

Naturally acquired sensitivity to PPDs of environmental mycobacteria among UK school children.
Rosemary Weir, Paul Fine, Bernadette Nazareth, Sian Floyd, Gillian Black, Carolynne Stanley, Lyn Bliss, Keith Branson, and Hazel M. Dockrell

Is there a major endemic of tuberculoid leprosy in Central America?
John L Stanford and Helen D Donoghue on behalf of the Nicaragua Study Group Leprosy in Nicaragua

Session 2

What pathogenic mycobacteria want- amino acid biosynthesis and availability in the host.
Paul Wheeler, Lisa Keating, Esen Wooff, Steve Gordon, Tanya Parish and Glyn Hewinson

Roles of Serine/Threonine protein kinases in M. tuberculosis pathogenicity.
K. G. Papavinasasundaram, Bosco H. Y. Chan, Elaine O. Davisand M. Joseph Colston

Induction by Mycobacterium vaccae and its components of regulatory mechanisms involving IL-10 and TGF-β that suppress allergic responses
L. Rosa Brunet, C. Zuany-Amorim, E. Sawicka, C. Manlius, A. Le Moine, V. Adams, B. Palmer, J. Hunt, G.S. Besra, C. Walker, G. Rook

Mycobacterium tuberculosis sigJ knockout alters sensitivity of slow- growing bacteria to hydrogen peroxide
Yanmin Hu, Sharon Kendall, Neil Stoker, Anthony Coates

Effector memory CD8 T cells are associated with long-term immune control of M. tuberculosis.
Kazi F, Prakash M, Ewer K, Waller S, Varia H, Pasvol G & Lalvani A

Koch’s Bacillus – A look at the first isolate of M. tuberculosis from a modern perspective.
Taylor GM, Stewart GR, Cooke M, Ladva, S, Young DB

AFC Summer 2002 meeting

AFC Summer 2002

July 2002

Scientific Programme

Session 1
Mycobacteria versus Burkholderia
Eshwar Mahenthiralingam. University of Cardiff

The ESAT-6/WXG100 superfamily–and a new mycobacterial secretion system?
Mark J. Pallen

Expression of Toll-like receptors in the lungs of patients with pulmonary tuberculosis
Pauline T. Lukey*, Gael Fenhalls#, Ginette R. Webb*, Liesel Stevens-Muller#, Juanita Bezuidenhout#, Gillian Amphlett* and Ken Duncan*, *GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage, UK and #University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa

Session 2
Heterologous prime-boost immunisation strategies using plasmid DNA and BCG vaccination against tuberculosis
Ferraz J. C. Jr., Colston M. J., Espitia C., Yang M., Coade S., Raynaud C., Lowrie D. B., and Tascon R. E

Characterisation of a Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv transposon library reveals insertions in 351 open reading frames and mutants with altered virulence
Ruth A. McAdam*, Selwyn Quan*, Debbie A. Smith#, Stoyan Bardarov+, Joanna C. Betts*, Fiona C. Cook*, Elizabeth U. Hooker*, Alan Lewis*, Peter Woollard*,Martin J. Everett*, Pauline T. Lukey*, Gregory J. Bancroft#, William R. Jacobs Jr+, and Ken Duncan*; *GlaxoSmithKline, #London School Of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and +Albert Einstein College of Medicine

From CTL to TRL to MRU: The history of the reference laboratory
Tony Jenkins

Session 3
Are the Rpf family of growth factors essential for bacterial multiplication?
G V Mukamolova, O A Turapov, D I Young, C L Finan, A S Kaprelyants, D B Kell & M Young

Hsp65 DNA Vaccination in a mouse aerosol challenge system
B Walker, A Thiobhani, M Addawe, NIBSC

Phospho-threonine-binding FHA domains in mycobacterial proteins–neglected players in the phospho-signalling game?
Mark J. Pallen, Arshad M. Khan, Roy Chaudhuri

Session 4
Modification of nat, the gene encoding arylamine N-acetyltransferase which acetylates isoniazid, affects the growth and cellular morphology of mycobacteria
Sanjib Bhakta, Anna Upton, Frederique Pompeo, Mark Payton, Edith Sim, Tanya Parish

Operomics – towards an operon map of M. tuberculosis
Neil Stoker

Rapid Genomic and Biological Characterisation Of The Leicester School Tuberculosis Outbreak Strain
Jamila Shafi. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Leicester, UK

AFC Winter 2001 meeting

AFC Winter 2001

Held at The Royal Free Hospital, London

January 12th 2001

Scientific Programme

Session 1

The Molecular Epidemiology of TB in London 1995-1997
Tim McHugh, Royal Free Hospital, on behalf of the Principal Investigators of the London TB study Group

Effect of BCG vaccination on IFN? responses to mycobacterial antigens in UK schoolchildren as
compared to Malawian young adults : a potential correlate of vaccine–induced protective
immunity ?
R.E. Weir1, G. F. Black1,2, P.E.M. Fine1 and H.M. Dockrell1. 1Dept of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, LSH&TM, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, 2Karonga Prevention Study, PO Box 46, Chilumba, Malawi

Effect of oxygen availability on the physiology and pathogenicity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Brian James and Philip Marsh, CAMR, Salisbury

Environmental survival of mycobacteria
Stephanie Taylor, Frans de Leij, Jeremy Dale, Molecular Microbiology Group, School of Biological Sciences, University of Surrey

The search for environmental mycobacteria in Karonga district, northern Malawi
Ben Chilima, Paul Fine and Penny Hirsch. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; IACR-

The effect of stimulation of antigen presentation on M. tuberculosis infection
Stephen Jolles, Gerry Klaus, Ricardo Tascon and Jo Colston, The National Institute for Medical Research, London

Session 2

Deciphering the code of a mycobacterial enigma: understanding physiology from the
Mycobacterium leprae genome
P. Wheeler1 and ST Cole2. 1TB Research Group, VLA Weybridge, 2Institut Pasteur, France

ATP-mediated killing of intracellular mycobacteria by macrophages is a P2X7-dependent process
inducing bacterial death by phagosome-lysosome fusion
Ian P. Fairbairn, David A. Lammas, Carmel B. Stober, Dinakantha S. Kumararatne. MRC Centre for Immune Regulation, Birmingham Medical School, Birmingham University

Genomic mutations and IS6110 in M. tuberculosis: Man as a model system?
Hasan Yesilkya, Jeremy Dale, Ken Forbes Medical Microbiology, Aberdeen University and Molecular
Microbiology Group, School of Biological Sciences, University of Surrey

Mycobacteria and the control of blood flow
Gerard Stansby, Christoph Berwanger, Yiu Che Chan and John Stanford. Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Department of Medical Microbiology, RFUCMS, London

Widespread Occurrence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis-DNA from 18th-19th Century Hungarians
Helen Fletcher1, Helen D. Donoghue1, John Holton1, Ildicó Pap2 and Mark Spigelman1, 1Department of Medical Microbiology, University College London, London W1P 6DB, UK; 2Anthropology Department, Hungarian Natural History Museum, Ludovika tér 2, Budapest, Hungary H-1083