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DirtyGenes: testing for significant changes in gene or bacterial population compositions from a small number of samples (2019)
Journal Article
Shaw, L. M., Blanchard, A., Chen, Q., An, X., Davies, P., Totemeyer, S., …Stekel, D. J. (2019). DirtyGenes: testing for significant changes in gene or bacterial population compositions from a small number of samples. Scientific Reports, 9, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-38873-4

High throughput genomics technologies are applied widely to microbiomes in humans, animals, soil and water, to detect changes in bacterial communities or the genes they carry, between different environments or treatments. We describe a method to test... Read More

Novel inflammatory cell infiltration scoring system to investigate healthy and footrot affected ovine interdigital skin (2018)
Journal Article
Agbaje, M., Rutland, C. S., Maboni, G., Blanchard, A., Bexon, M., Stewart, C., …Totemeyer, S. (2018). Novel inflammatory cell infiltration scoring system to investigate healthy and footrot affected ovine interdigital skin. PeerJ, 6, doi:10.7717/peerj.5097. ISSN 2167-8359

Ovine footrot is a degenerative disease of sheep feet leading to the separation of hoofhorn from the underlying skin and lameness. This study quantitatively examined histological features of the ovine interdigital skin as well as their relationship w... Read More

The applied development of a tiered multilocus sequence typing (MLST) scheme for Dichelobacter nodosus (2018)
Journal Article
Blanchard, A. M., Jolley, K. A., Maiden, M. C., Coffey, T. J., Maboni, G., Staley, C. E., …Tötemeyer, S. (in press). The applied development of a tiered multilocus sequence typing (MLST) scheme for Dichelobacter nodosus. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.00551. ISSN 1664-302X

Dichelobacter nodosus (D. nodosus) is the causative pathogen of ovine footrot, a disease that has a significant welfare and financial impact on the global sheep industry. Previous studies into the phylogenetics of D. nodosus have focused on Australia... Read More

A novel 3D skin explant model to study anaerobic bacterial infection (2017)
Journal Article
Maboni, G., Davenport, R., Sessford, K., Baiker, K., Jensen, T. K., Blanchard, A. M., …Tötemeyer, S. (2017). A novel 3D skin explant model to study anaerobic bacterial infection. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, doi:10.3389/fcimb.2017.00404. ISSN 2235-2988

Skin infection studies are often limited by financial and ethical constraints, and alternatives, such as monolayer cell culture, do not reflect many cellular processes limiting their application. For a more functional replacement, 3D skin culture mod... Read More

A distinct bacterial dysbiosis associated skin inflammation in ovine footrot (2017)
Journal Article
Maboni, G., Blanchard, A. M., Frosth, S., Stewart, C. E., Emes, R. D., & Tötemeyer, S. (in press). A distinct bacterial dysbiosis associated skin inflammation in ovine footrot. Scientific Reports, 7, doi:10.1038/srep45220. ISSN 2045-2322

Ovine footrot is a highly prevalent bacterial disease caused by Dichelobacter nodosus and characterised by the separation of the hoof horn from the underlying skin. The role of innate immune molecules and other bacterial communities in the developmen... Read More

Transposon insertion mapping with PIMMS, Pragmatic Insertional Mutation Mapping System (2015)
Journal Article
Blanchard, A. M., Leigh, J. A., Egan, S. A., & Emes, R. D. (2015). Transposon insertion mapping with PIMMS, Pragmatic Insertional Mutation Mapping System. Frontiers in Genetics, 6, doi:10.3389/fgene.2015.00139. ISSN 1664-8021

The PIMMS (Pragmatic Insertional Mutation Mapping System) pipeline has beendeveloped for simple conditionally essential genome discovery experiments in bacteria.Capable of using raw sequence data files alongside a FASTA sequence of thereference genom... Read More