Journal article

PSEUDOMONAS-AERUGINOSA INVADES CORNEAL EPITHELIAL-CELLS DURING EXPERIMENTAL-INFECTION

SMJ FLEISZIG, TS ZAIDI, EL FLETCHER, MJ PRESTON, GB PIER

Infection and Immunity | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1994

Abstract

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is considered an extracellular pathogen. Using assays to determine intracellular survival in the presence of gentamicin, we have demonstrated that some strains of P. aeruginosa are able to invade corneal cells during experimental bacterial keratitis in mice. Although intracellular bacteria were detectable 15 min after inoculation, the number of intracellular bacteria increased in a time-dependent manner over a 24-h period. Levels of invasion were similar when bacteria were grown as a biofilm on solid medium and when they were grown in suspension. Intracellular bacteria survived in vitro for at least 24 h, although only minimal bacterial multiplication within cells was ..

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