Imperial College London

Dr Abigail Clements

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences




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Shigella species are responsible for bacillary dysentery or shigellosis, a disease estimated to cause nearly 1 million deaths per year. Shigella species are closely related to the pathogenic E. coli, with Shigella and enteroinvasive E. coli being clinically indistinguishable. These pathogens utilise a common infection strategy whereby bacterial effector proteins are delivered directly into the host cell via a type 3 secretion system (T3SS), a strategy also shared by many other pathogenic bacteria (e.g. Salmonella, Yersinia and Vibrio spp).

Research in my laboratory currently focuses on structure/function studies of effector proteins that are common between the extracellular pathogenic E. coli (enteropathogenic and enterohaemorrhagic E. coli) and the intracellular enteroinvasive E. coli and Shigella species. The signalling pathways targeted by effectors that are shared by intracellular and extracellular pathogens represent fundamental processes required for infection such as subversion of cellular trafficking and regulation of apoptosis.

Selected recent publications



Furniss RCD, Low WW, Mavridou DAI, et al., 2018, Plasma membrane profiling during enterohemorrhagic E. coli infection reveals that the metalloprotease StcE cleaves CD55 from host epithelial surfaces., J Biol Chem

Torres VVL, Heinz E, Stubenrauch CJ, et al., 2018, An investigation into the Omp85 protein BamK in hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae, and its role in outer membrane biogenesis, Molecular Microbiology, Vol:109, ISSN:0950-382X, Pages:584-599

Watson J, Jenkins C, Clements A, 2018, Shigella sonnei Does Not Use Amoebae as Protective Hosts, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Vol:84, ISSN:0099-2240

Furniss RCD, Clements A, 2018, Regulation of the Locus of Enterocyte Effacement in Attaching and Effacing Pathogens, Journal of Bacteriology, Vol:200, ISSN:0021-9193

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