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Original Articles

  1. Gelber SE, Aguilar JL, Lewis KL, and Ratner AJ. Functional and phylogenetic characterization of Vaginolysin, the human-specific cytolysin from Gardnerella vaginalis. J Bacteriol. 2008 Jun;190(11):3896-903. DOI:10.1128/JB.01965-07 | PubMed ID:18390664 | HubMed [Gelber-JBact-2008]
  2. Antunes MB, Woodworth BA, Bhargave G, Xiong G, Aguilar JL, Ratner AJ, Kreindler JL, Rubenstein RC, and Cohen NA. Murine nasal septa for respiratory epithelial air-liquid interface cultures. Biotechniques. 2007 Aug;43(2):195-6, 198, 200 passim. DOI:10.2144/000112531 | PubMed ID:17824387 | HubMed [Antunes-Biotech-2007]
  3. Lysenko ES, Clarke TB, Shchepetov M, Ratner AJ, Roper DI, Dowson CG, and Weiser JN. Nod1 signaling overcomes resistance of S. pneumoniae to opsonophagocytic killing. PLoS Pathog. 2007 Aug 24;3(8):e118. DOI:10.1371/journal.ppat.0030118 | PubMed ID:17722978 | HubMed [Lysenko-PLOSPath-2007]
  4. Ratner AJ, Aguilar JL, Shchepetov M, Lysenko ES, and Weiser JN. Nod1 mediates cytoplasmic sensing of combinations of extracellular bacteria. Cell Microbiol. 2007 May;9(5):1343-51. DOI:10.1111/j.1462-5822.2006.00878.x | PubMed ID:17474907 | HubMed [Ratner-CMI-2007]
  5. Nelson AL, Ratner AJ, Barasch J, and Weiser JN. Interleukin-8 secretion in response to aferric enterobactin is potentiated by siderocalin. Infect Immun. 2007 Jun;75(6):3160-8. DOI:10.1128/IAI.01719-06 | PubMed ID:17420239 | HubMed [Nelson-IAI-2007-2]
  6. Nelson AL, Roche AM, Gould JM, Chim K, Ratner AJ, and Weiser JN. Capsule enhances pneumococcal colonization by limiting mucus-mediated clearance. Infect Immun. 2007 Jan;75(1):83-90. DOI:10.1128/IAI.01475-06 | PubMed ID:17088346 | HubMed [Nelson-IAI-2007]
  7. Ratner AJ, Hippe KR, Aguilar JL, Bender MH, Nelson AL, and Weiser JN. Epithelial cells are sensitive detectors of bacterial pore-forming toxins. J Biol Chem. 2006 May 5;281(18):12994-8. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M511431200 | PubMed ID:16520379 | HubMed [Ratner-JBC-2006]
  8. Steenhoff AP, Shah SS, Ratner AJ, Patil SM, and McGowan KL. Emergence of vaccine-related pneumococcal serotypes as a cause of bacteremia. Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Apr 1;42(7):907-14. DOI:10.1086/500941 | PubMed ID:16511752 | HubMed [Steenhoff-CID-2006]
  9. Shah SS and Ratner AJ. Trends in invasive pneumococcal disease-associated hospitalizations. Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Jan 1;42(1):e1-5. DOI:10.1086/498745 | PubMed ID:16323082 | HubMed [Shah-CID-2006]
  10. Lysenko ES, Ratner AJ, Nelson AL, and Weiser JN. The role of innate immune responses in the outcome of interspecies competition for colonization of mucosal surfaces. PLoS Pathog. 2005 Sep;1(1):e1. DOI:10.1371/journal.ppat.0010001 | PubMed ID:16201010 | HubMed [Lysenko-PLOSPath-2005]
  11. Ratner AJ, Lysenko ES, Paul MN, and Weiser JN. Synergistic proinflammatory responses induced by polymicrobial colonization of epithelial surfaces. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Mar 1;102(9):3429-34. DOI:10.1073/pnas.0500599102 | PubMed ID:15728393 | HubMed [Ratner-PNAS-2005]
  12. Ratner AJ. Varicella-related hospitalizations: an update. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2004 Apr;23(4):377. DOI:10.1097/00006454-200404000-00032 | PubMed ID:15071309 | HubMed [Ratner-PIDJ-2004]
  13. Mirakhur B, Shah SS, Ratner AJ, Goldstein SM, Bell LM, and Kim JO. Cat scratch disease presenting as orbital abscess and osteomyelitis. J Clin Microbiol. 2003 Aug;41(8):3991-3. DOI:10.1128/JCM.41.8.3991-3993.2003 | PubMed ID:12904438 | HubMed [Mirakur-JCM-2003]
  14. Weiser JN, Bae D, Fasching C, Scamurra RW, Ratner AJ, and Janoff EN. Antibody-enhanced pneumococcal adherence requires IgA1 protease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Apr 1;100(7):4215-20. DOI:10.1073/pnas.0637469100 | PubMed ID:12642661 | HubMed [Weiser-PNAS-2003]
  15. Gelber SE and Ratner AJ. Hospital-acquired viral pathogens in the neonatal intensive care unit. Semin Perinatol. 2002 Oct;26(5):346-56. DOI:10.1053/sper.2002.36268 | PubMed ID:12452507 | HubMed [Gelber-SemPeri-2002]
  16. Ratner AJ. Varicella-related hospitalizations in the vaccine era. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2002 Oct;21(10):927-31. DOI:10.1097/00006454-200210000-00008 | PubMed ID:12394814 | HubMed [Ratner-PIDJ-2002]
  17. Ampofo K, Graham P, Ratner A, Rajagopalan L, Della-Latta P, and Saiman L. Plesiomonas shigelloides sepsis and splenic abscess in an adolescent with sickle-cell disease. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2001 Dec;20(12):1178-9. DOI:10.1097/00006454-200112000-00019 | PubMed ID:11740330 | HubMed [Ampofo-PIDJ-2001]
  18. Rastogi D, Ratner AJ, and Prince A. Host-bacterial interactions in the initiation of inflammation. Paediatr Respir Rev. 2001 Sep;2(3):245-52. DOI:10.1053/prrv.2001.0147 | PubMed ID:12052326 | HubMed [Rastogi-PRR-2001]
  19. Ratner AJ, Mosca RS, and Zucker HA. Citrobacter mediastinitis following cardiac surgery in a neonate. J Infect. 2002 Jan;44(1):52-3. DOI:10.1053/jinf.2001.0913 | PubMed ID:11972422 | HubMed [Ratner-JInf-2002]
  20. Ratner AJ, Neu N, Jakob K, Grumet S, Adachi N, Della-Latta P, Marvel E, and Saiman L. Nosocomial rotavirus in a pediatric hospital. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2001 May;22(5):299-301. DOI:10.1086/501904 | PubMed ID:11428441 | HubMed [Ratner-ICHE-2001]
  21. Ratner AJ, Bryan R, Weber A, Nguyen S, Barnes D, Pitt A, Gelber S, Cheung A, and Prince A. Cystic fibrosis pathogens activate Ca2+-dependent mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathways in airway epithelial cells. J Biol Chem. 2001 Jun 1;276(22):19267-75. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M007703200 | PubMed ID:11278360 | HubMed [Ratner-JBC-2001]
  22. Rajan S, Cacalano G, Bryan R, Ratner AJ, Sontich CU, van Heerckeren A, Davis P, and Prince A. Pseudomonas aeruginosa induction of apoptosis in respiratory epithelial cells: analysis of the effects of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator dysfunction and bacterial virulence factors. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2000 Sep;23(3):304-12. DOI:10.1165/ajrcmb.23.3.4098 | PubMed ID:10970820 | HubMed [Rajan-AJRCMB-2000]
  23. Ratner AJ and Prince A. Lactoperoxidase. New recognition of an "old" enzyme in airway defenses. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2000 Jun;22(6):642-4. DOI:10.1165/ajrcmb.22.6.f186 | PubMed ID:10837358 | HubMed [Ratner-AJRCMB-2000]
  24. DiMango E, Ratner AJ, Bryan R, Tabibi S, and Prince A. Activation of NF-kappaB by adherent Pseudomonas aeruginosa in normal and cystic fibrosis respiratory epithelial cells. J Clin Invest. 1998 Jun 1;101(11):2598-605. DOI:10.1172/JCI2865 | PubMed ID:9616231 | HubMed [DiMango-JCI-1998]
  25. Rose EA and Ratner AJ. Cardiac allograft vasculopathy. Transplant Proc. 1995 Jun;27(3):1930. PubMed ID:7792840 | HubMed [Rose-TransProc-1995]
  26. Rose EA, Barr ML, Xu H, Pepino P, Murphy MP, McGovern MA, Ratner AJ, Watkins JF, Marboe CC, and Berger CL. Photochemotherapy in human heart transplant recipients at high risk for fatal rejection. J Heart Lung Transplant. 1992 Jul-Aug;11(4 Pt 1):746-50. PubMed ID:1498142 | HubMed [Rose-JHLT-1992a]
  27. Rose EA, Pepino P, Barr ML, Smith CR, Ratner AJ, Ho E, and Berger C. Relation of HLA antibodies and graft atherosclerosis in human cardiac allograft recipients. J Heart Lung Transplant. 1992 May-Jun;11(3 Pt 2):S120-3. PubMed ID:1622990 | HubMed [Rose-JHLT-1992b]
  28. Ratner AJ, Canhui H, Pepino P, Sanchez JA, Edwards N, Watkins JF, Xu H, Reemtsma K, Rose EA, and Berger C. Lymphocyte xenoantigens recognized by preformed antibodies. Transplant Proc. 1992 Apr;24(2):583-5. PubMed ID:1566438 | HubMed [Ratner-TransProc-1992]
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Reviews, Chapters, and Editorials

Ratner AJ, Weiser JN. Review: Pneumonia Before Antibiotics. J Clin Invest 2006; 116: 2311. Full Text

Ratner AJ. Competitive and cooperative interactions in the respiratory microflora. In: Colonization of Mucosal Surfaces. Nataro JP, Cohen PS, Mobley HLT, Weiser JN, eds. ASM Press: Washington, DC. 2005; 87-95. PDF

Ratner AJ. Anaerobic infections. In: The 5-minute Pediatric Consult, 4th ed. Lippencott, Williams, & Wilkins: Philadelphia. 2005; 118-119.

Ratner AJ, Prince A. Cellulitis. In: Current Pediatric Therapy 17. W.B. Saunders & Company: Philadelphia. 2002; 44-46.

Ratner AJ, Prince A. Staphylococcal Infections. In: Current Pediatric Therapy 17. W.B. Saunders & Company: Philadelphia. 2002; 95-98.

Ratner AJ, Saiman L. Rotavirus: clinical and epidemiologic aspects. Emerg Office Peds 1999; 12:182-184.

Ratner AJ, Rose EA, Michler RE. Xenografts. In: Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Simon & Schuster MacMillan: New York. 1995; 2593-2597.