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Diversity and Host Specificity Revealed by Biological Characterization and Whole Genome Sequencing of Bacteriophages Infecting Salmonella enterica.

Fong K, Tremblay DM, Delaquis P, Goodridge L, Levesque RC, Moineau S, Suttle CA, Wang S.

Viruses. 2019 Sep 14;11(9). pii: E854. doi: 10.3390/v11090854.


Culture-Dependent Bioprospecting of Bacterial Isolates From the Canadian High Arctic Displaying Antibacterial Activity.

Marcolefas E, Leung T, Okshevsky M, McKay G, Hignett E, Hamel J, Aguirre G, Blenner-Hassett O, Boyle B, Lévesque RC, Nguyen D, Gruenheid S, Whyte L.

Front Microbiol. 2019 Aug 9;10:1836. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01836. eCollection 2019.


Reservoirs of resistance: polymyxin resistance in veterinary-associated companion animal isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Scott A, Pottenger S, Timofte D, Moore M, Wright L, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Jeukens J, Levesque RC, Freschi L, Pinchbeck GL, Schmidt VM, McEwan N, Radford AD, Fothergill JL.

Vet Rec. 2019 Aug 17;185(7):206. doi: 10.1136/vr.105075. Epub 2019 Jun 25.


Fate of 43 Salmonella Strains on Lettuce and Tomato Seedlings.

Wong CWY, Wang S, Lévesque RC, Goodridge L, Delaquis P.

J Food Prot. 2019 May 24:1045-1051. doi: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-18-435. [Epub ahead of print]


The Pseudomonas aeruginosa Population among Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Quebec, Canada: a Disease Hot Spot without Known Epidemic Isolates.

Jeukens J, Freschi L, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Emond-Rheault JG, Allard C, Barbeau J, Cantin A, Charette SJ, Déziel E, Malouin F, Milot J, Nguyen D, Popa C, Boyle B, Levesque RC.

J Clin Microbiol. 2019 May 24;57(6). pii: e02019-18. doi: 10.1128/JCM.02019-18. Print 2019 Jun. No abstract available.


Major Release of 161 Whole-Genome Sequences from the International Pseudomonas Consortium Database.

Jeukens J, Emond-Rheault JG, Freschi L, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Levesque RC.

Microbiol Resour Announc. 2019 Mar 28;8(13). pii: e00013-19. doi: 10.1128/MRA.00013-19.


The Pseudomonas aeruginosa Pan-Genome Provides New Insights on Its Population Structure, Horizontal Gene Transfer, and Pathogenicity.

Freschi L, Vincent AT, Jeukens J, Emond-Rheault JG, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Dupont MJ, Charette SJ, Boyle B, Levesque RC.

Genome Biol Evol. 2019 Jan 1;11(1):109-120. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evy259.


Model-Based Drug Development in Pulmonary Delivery: Pharmacokinetic Analysis of Novel Drug Candidates for Treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Lung Infection.

Sou T, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Soukarieh F, Halliday N, Levesque RC, Williams P, Stocks M, Cámara M, Friberg LE, Bergström CAS.

J Pharm Sci. 2019 Jan;108(1):630-640. doi: 10.1016/j.xphs.2018.09.017. Epub 2018 Sep 23.


Direct In Vivo Microbial Transcriptomics During Infection.

Hébert FO, Boyle B, Levesque RC.

Trends Microbiol. 2018 Sep;26(9):732-735. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2018.07.002. Epub 2018 Jul 31.


Insights into the Structure of the Spruce Budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) Genome, as Revealed by Molecular Cytogenetic Analyses and a High-Density Linkage Map.

Picq S, Lumley L, Šíchová J, Laroche J, Pouliot E, Brunet BMT, Levesque RC, Sperling FAH, Marec F, Cusson M.

G3 (Bethesda). 2018 Jul 31;8(8):2539-2549. doi: 10.1534/g3.118.200263.


A new approach to study attached biofilms and floating communities from Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains of various origins reveals diverse effects of divalent ions.

Gagné-Thivierge C, Barbeau J, Levesque RC, Charette SJ.

FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2018 Jul 1;365(14). doi: 10.1093/femsle/fny155.


Genomic characterisation of an international Pseudomonas aeruginosa reference panel indicates that the two major groups draw upon distinct mobile gene pools.

Freschi L, Bertelli C, Jeukens J, Moore MP, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Emond-Rheault JG, Hamel J, Fothergill JL, Tucker NP, McClean S, Klockgether J, de Soyza A, Brinkman FSL, Levesque RC, Winstanley C.

FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2018 Jul 1;365(14). doi: 10.1093/femsle/fny120.


Salmonella enterica Prophage Sequence Profiles Reflect Genome Diversity and Can Be Used for High Discrimination Subtyping.

Mottawea W, Duceppe MO, Dupras AA, Usongo V, Jeukens J, Freschi L, Emond-Rheault JG, Hamel J, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Boyle B, Gill A, Burnett E, Franz E, Arya G, Weadge JT, Gruenheid S, Wiedmann M, Huang H, Daigle F, Moineau S, Bekal S, Levesque RC, Goodridge LD, Ogunremi D.

Front Microbiol. 2018 May 4;9:836. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00836. eCollection 2018.


A multi-host approach to identify a transposon mutant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa LESB58 lacking full virulence.

Gagné-Thivierge C, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Filion G, Dekimpe V, Tan SGE, Vincent AT, Déziel É, Levesque RC, Charette SJ.

BMC Res Notes. 2018 Mar 27;11(1):198. doi: 10.1186/s13104-018-3308-7.


Exacerbation induces a microbiota shift in sputa of COPD patients.

Jubinville E, Veillette M, Milot J, Maltais F, Comeau AM, Levesque RC, Duchaine C.

PLoS One. 2018 Mar 26;13(3):e0194355. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0194355. eCollection 2018.


Convergent herbivory on conifers by Choristoneura moths after boreal forest formation.

Fagua G, Condamine FL, Brunet BMT, Clamens AL, Laroche J, Levesque RC, Cusson M, Sperling FAH.

Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2018 Jun;123:35-43. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.01.013. Epub 2018 Feb 22.


Characterization of Four Novel Bacteriophages Isolated from British Columbia for Control of Non-typhoidal Salmonella in Vitro and on Sprouting Alfalfa Seeds.

Fong K, LaBossiere B, Switt AIM, Delaquis P, Goodridge L, Levesque RC, Danyluk MD, Wang S.

Front Microbiol. 2017 Nov 15;8:2193. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02193. eCollection 2017.


Whole-Genome Sequencing of Lactobacillus Species from Two Commercial Probiotic Products.

Colavecchio A, Leo V, Zaccheo S, Jeukens J, Emond-Rheault JG, Hamel J, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Levesque RC, Goodridge L.

Genome Announc. 2017 Nov 9;5(45). pii: e01279-17. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01279-17.


Comparative analysis of mitochondrial genomes of geographic variants of the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, reveals a previously undescribed genotypic entity.

Djoumad A, Nisole A, Zahiri R, Freschi L, Picq S, Gundersen-Rindal DE, Sparks ME, Dewar K, Stewart D, Maaroufi H, Levesque RC, Hamelin RC, Cusson M.

Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 27;7(1):14245. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-14530-6.


Distinct sources of gene flow produce contrasting population genetic dynamics at different range boundaries of a Choristoneura budworm.

Blackburn GS, Brunet BMT, Muirhead K, Cusson M, Béliveau C, Levesque RC, Lumley LM, Sperling FAH.

Mol Ecol. 2017 Dec;26(23):6666-6684. doi: 10.1111/mec.14386. Epub 2017 Nov 13.


Genomic characterisation of environmental Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from dental unit waterlines revealed the insertion sequence ISPa11 as a chaotropic element.

Vincent AT, Freschi L, Jeukens J, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Emond-Rheault JG, Leduc A, Boyle B, Jean-Pierre F, Groleau MC, Déziel E, Barbeau J, Charette SJ, Levesque RC.

FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2017 Sep 1;93(9). doi: 10.1093/femsec/fix106.


Comparative genomics of a drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa panel and the challenges of antimicrobial resistance prediction from genomes.

Jeukens J, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Emond-Rheault JG, Freschi L, Levesque RC.

FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2017 Oct 2;364(18). doi: 10.1093/femsle/fnx161.


Prophage Integrase Typing Is a Useful Indicator of Genomic Diversity in Salmonella enterica.

Colavecchio A, D'Souza Y, Tompkins E, Jeukens J, Freschi L, Emond-Rheault JG, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Boyle B, Bekal S, Tamber S, Levesque RC, Goodridge LD.

Front Microbiol. 2017 Jul 10;8:1283. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01283. eCollection 2017.


A Syst-OMICS Approach to Ensuring Food Safety and Reducing the Economic Burden of Salmonellosis.

Emond-Rheault JG, Jeukens J, Freschi L, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Boyle B, Dupont MJ, Colavecchio A, Barrere V, Cadieux B, Arya G, Bekal S, Berry C, Burnett E, Cavestri C, Chapin TK, Crouse A, Daigle F, Danyluk MD, Delaquis P, Dewar K, Doualla-Bell F, Fliss I, Fong K, Fournier E, Franz E, Garduno R, Gill A, Gruenheid S, Harris L, Huang CB, Huang H, Johnson R, Joly Y, Kerhoas M, Kong N, Lapointe G, Larivière L, Loignon S, Malo D, Moineau S, Mottawea W, Mukhopadhyay K, Nadon C, Nash J, Ngueng Feze I, Ogunremi D, Perets A, Pilar AV, Reimer AR, Robertson J, Rohde J, Sanderson KE, Song L, Stephan R, Tamber S, Thomassin P, Tremblay D, Usongo V, Vincent C, Wang S, Weadge JT, Wiedmann M, Wijnands L, Wilson ED, Wittum T, Yoshida C, Youfsi K, Zhu L, Weimer BC, Goodridge L, Levesque RC.

Front Microbiol. 2017 Jun 2;8:996. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00996. eCollection 2017.


Genomics of antibiotic-resistance prediction in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Jeukens J, Freschi L, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Emond-Rheault JG, Tucker NP, Levesque RC.

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2019 Jan;1435(1):5-17. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13358. Epub 2017 Jun 2. Review.


Complete Genome Sequences of Two Phage-Like Plasmids Carrying the CTX-M-15 Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase Gene.

Colavecchio A, Jeukens J, Freschi L, Edmond Rheault JG, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Levesque RC, LeJeune J, Goodridge L.

Genome Announc. 2017 May 11;5(19). pii: e00102-17. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00102-17.


A pan-genomic approach to understand the basis of host adaptation in Achromobacter.

Jeukens J, Freschi L, Vincent AT, Emond-Rheault JG, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Charette SJ, Levesque RC.

Genome Biol Evol. 2017 Apr 5. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evx061. [Epub ahead of print]


A Multi-Species TaqMan PCR Assay for the Identification of Asian Gypsy Moths (Lymantria spp.) and Other Invasive Lymantriines of Biosecurity Concern to North America.

Stewart D, Zahiri R, Djoumad A, Freschi L, Lamarche J, Holden D, Cervantes S, Ojeda DI, Potvin A, Nisole A, Béliveau C, Capron A, Kimoto T, Day B, Yueh H, Duff C, Levesque RC, Hamelin RC, Cusson M.

PLoS One. 2016 Aug 11;11(8):e0160878. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160878. eCollection 2016.


Temperate phages enhance pathogen fitness in chronic lung infection.

Davies EV, James CE, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Levesque RC, Brockhurst MA, Winstanley C.

ISME J. 2016 Oct;10(10):2553-5. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2016.51. Epub 2016 Apr 12.


Cyclic peptides identified by phage display are competitive inhibitors of the tRNA-dependent amidotransferase of Helicobacter pylori.

Pham VH, Maaroufi H, Levesque RC, Lapointe J.

Peptides. 2016 May;79:8-15. doi: 10.1016/j.peptides.2016.03.001. Epub 2016 Mar 11.


Molybdate transporter ModABC is important for Pseudomonas aeruginosa chronic lung infection.

Périnet S, Jeukens J, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Ouellet MM, Charette SJ, Levesque RC.

BMC Res Notes. 2016 Jan 12;9:23. doi: 10.1186/s13104-016-1840-x.


Increasing genomic diversity and evidence of constrained lifestyle evolution due to insertion sequences in Aeromonas salmonicida.

Vincent AT, Trudel MV, Freschi L, Nagar V, Gagné-Thivierge C, Levesque RC, Charette SJ.

BMC Genomics. 2016 Jan 12;17:44. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-2381-3.


Comparative genomics and biological characterization of sequential Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from persistent airways infection.

Bianconi I, Jeukens J, Freschi L, Alcalá-Franco B, Facchini M, Boyle B, Molinaro A, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Tümmler B, Levesque RC, Bragonzi A.

BMC Genomics. 2015 Dec 29;16:1105. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-2276-8.


Composition of the Spruce Budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) Midgut Microbiota as Affected by Rearing Conditions.

Landry M, Comeau AM, Derome N, Cusson M, Levesque RC.

PLoS One. 2015 Dec 4;10(12):e0144077. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144077. eCollection 2015.


Clinical utilization of genomics data produced by the international Pseudomonas aeruginosa consortium.

Freschi L, Jeukens J, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Boyle B, Dupont MJ, Laroche J, Larose S, Maaroufi H, Fothergill JL, Moore M, Winsor GL, Aaron SD, Barbeau J, Bell SC, Burns JL, Camara M, Cantin A, Charette SJ, Dewar K, Déziel É, Grimwood K, Hancock RE, Harrison JJ, Heeb S, Jelsbak L, Jia B, Kenna DT, Kidd TJ, Klockgether J, Lam JS, Lamont IL, Lewenza S, Loman N, Malouin F, Manos J, McArthur AG, McKeown J, Milot J, Naghra H, Nguyen D, Pereira SK, Perron GG, Pirnay JP, Rainey PB, Rousseau S, Santos PM, Stephenson A, Taylor V, Turton JF, Waglechner N, Williams P, Thrane SW, Wright GD, Brinkman FS, Tucker NP, Tümmler B, Winstanley C, Levesque RC.

Front Microbiol. 2015 Sep 29;6:1036. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01036. eCollection 2015.


Draft Genome Sequences of Two Lipopeptide-Producing Strains of Bacillus methylotrophicus.

Jeukens J, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Freschi L, Jabaji S, Levesque RC.

Genome Announc. 2015 Oct 8;3(5). pii: e01176-15. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01176-15.


Glycoside hydrolase family 32 is present in Bacillus subtilis phages.

Maaroufi H, Levesque RC.

Virol J. 2015 Oct 6;12:157. doi: 10.1186/s12985-015-0373-6.


The Widespread Multidrug-Resistant Serotype O12 Pseudomonas aeruginosa Clone Emerged through Concomitant Horizontal Transfer of Serotype Antigen and Antibiotic Resistance Gene Clusters.

Thrane SW, Taylor VL, Freschi L, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Boyle B, Laroche J, Pirnay JP, Lévesque RC, Lam JS, Jelsbak L.

MBio. 2015 Sep 22;6(5):e01396-15. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01396-15.


Genes Required for Free Phage Production are Essential for Pseudomonas aeruginosa Chronic Lung Infections.

Lemieux AA, Jeukens J, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Fothergill JL, Boyle B, Laroche J, Tucker NP, Winstanley C, Levesque RC.

J Infect Dis. 2016 Feb 1;213(3):395-402. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiv415. Epub 2015 Aug 12.


Draft Genome Sequence of Triclosan-Resistant Cystic Fibrosis Isolate Achromobacter xylosoxidans CF304.

Jeukens J, Freschi L, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Nguyen D, Levesque RC.

Genome Announc. 2015 Jul 30;3(4). pii: e00865-15. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00865-15.


Essential genes in the infection model of Pseudomonas aeruginosa-PCR-based signature-tagged mutagenesis.

Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Levesque RC.

Methods Mol Biol. 2015;1279:97-123. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2398-4_7.


Functional annotation of the Ophiostoma novo-ulmi genome: insights into the phytopathogenicity of the fungal agent of Dutch elm disease.

Comeau AM, Dufour J, Bouvet GF, Jacobi V, Nigg M, Henrissat B, Laroche J, Levesque RC, Bernier L.

Genome Biol Evol. 2014 Dec 24;7(2):410-30. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evu281.


The biology of Mur ligases as an antibacterial target.

Kouidmi I, Levesque RC, Paradis-Bleau C.

Mol Microbiol. 2014 Oct;94(2):242-53. doi: 10.1111/mmi.12758. Epub 2014 Sep 5. Review.


Assessing Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence and the host response using murine models of acute and chronic lung infection.

Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Facchini M, Cigana C, Levesque RC, Bragonzi A.

Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1149:757-71. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0473-0_58.


Strategy for genome sequencing analysis and assembly for comparative genomics of Pseudomonas genomes.

Jeukens J, Boyle B, Tucker NP, Levesque RC.

Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1149:565-77. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0473-0_43.


Signature-tagged mutagenesis.

Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Levesque RC.

Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1149:541-54. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0473-0_41.


Comparative genomics of isolates of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa epidemic strain associated with chronic lung infections of cystic fibrosis patients.

Jeukens J, Boyle B, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Ouellet MM, Aaron SD, Charette SJ, Fothergill JL, Tucker NP, Winstanley C, Levesque RC.

PLoS One. 2014 Feb 5;9(2):e87611. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087611. eCollection 2014.


Requirement of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa CbrA sensor kinase for full virulence in a murine acute lung infection model.

Yeung AT, Janot L, Pena OM, Neidig A, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Hilchie A, Levesque RC, Overhage J, Hancock RE.

Infect Immun. 2014 Mar;82(3):1256-67. doi: 10.1128/IAI.01527-13. Epub 2013 Dec 30.


Complete Genome Sequence of Persistent Cystic Fibrosis Isolate Pseudomonas aeruginosa Strain RP73.

Jeukens J, Boyle B, Bianconi I, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Tümmler B, Bragonzi A, Levesque RC.

Genome Announc. 2013 Aug 1;1(4). pii: e00568-13. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00568-13.


The Lon protease is essential for full virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Breidenstein EB, Janot L, Strehmel J, Fernandez L, Taylor PK, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Gellatly SL, Levesque RC, Overhage J, Hancock RE.

PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e49123. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049123. Epub 2012 Nov 7.

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