Interleukin-8 Secretion by Epithelial Cells Infected with Diffusely AdherentEscherichia coliPossessing Afa Adhesin-Coding Genes

  • Kentaro Arikawa, Ismail Mustafa Meraz, Yoshikazu Nishikawa, Jun Ogasawara, Atsushi Hase
  • Microbiology and Immunology, June 2005, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1348-0421.2005.tb03754.x

Discrimination of the real diarrheagenic clones of diffusely adherent Escherichia coli

What is it about?

Escherichia coli is an ordinary member of the normal colon flora. However, particular clones can cause diarrheal diseases: the diarrheagenic E. coli (DEC). Diffusely adherent E. coli (DAEC) can bind to epithelial cells and represent a putative sixth DEC class. Their role in diarrheal disease, however, has been controversial, because the organisms can be detected not only among diarrheal patients but healthy people. We want to solve the epidemiological discrepancies.

Why is it important?

There have been no criteria to determine the diarrheagenicity of DAEC. If the bacteria were isolated from outbreak patients, it should be easy to state that the bacteria was implicated as the etiological agent. However, when we found the organisms from a sporadic diarrheal patient, it is very difficult for the clinicians to judge whether the bacteria were causative agents. We found that only motile DAEC could induce severe secretion of proinflammatory cytokine IL-8 from the infected epithelial cells. In addition to the colonization factor, afimbrial adhesive sheaths (Afa), we expect the motility could be a marker to discriminate diarrheagenic DAEC clones among numerous non-pathogenic DAEC organisms.


Professor Yoshikazu Nishikawa
Osaka City University

The finding would recommend clinical microbiologists to examine the motility of DAEC since the properties would be an additional criterion to discriminate real diarrheagenic DAEC clones.

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