Journal article

Contribution of plasmid-encoded fimbriae and intimin to capacity of rabbit-specific enteropathogenic Escherichia coli to attach to and colonize rabbit intestine

EO Krejany, TH Grant, V Bennett-Wood, LM Adams, RM Robins-Browne

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2000

Abstract

Attachment to the intestinal mucosa is an essential step in the pathogenesis of diarrhea caused by enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC). Fimbriae and intimin, the outer membrane protein product of the chromosomal eae gene, contribute to this process, but their relative roles and the nature of their interaction are not known. The aim of this study was to determine the relative contribution of plasmid-encoded fimbriae, termed Ral, and intimin to the capacity of rabbit-specific EPEC (REPEC) to attach to the intestinal mucosa of rabbits. To achieve this, we constructed a series of mutants in REPEC strain 83/39 (O15:H-), in which the ralE and eae genes were insertionally inactivated. These st..

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