The frequency and duration of Salmonella–macrophage adhesion events determines infection efficiency


Salmonella enterica causes a range of important diseases in humans and a in a variety of animal species. The ability of bacteria to adhere to, invade and survive within host cells plays an important role in the pathogenesis of Salmonella infections. In systemic salmonellosis, macrophages constitute a niche for the proliferation of bacteria within the host organism. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is flagellated and the frequency with which this bacterium collides with a cell is important for infection efficiency. We investigated how bacterial motility affects infection efficiency, using a combination of population-level macrophage infection experiments and direct imaging of single-cell infection events, comparing wild-type and motility mutants. Non-motile and aflagellate bacterial strains, in contrast to wild-type bacteria, collide less frequently with macrophages, are in contact with the cell for less time and infect less frequently. Run-biased Salmonella also collide less frequently with macrophages but maintain contact with macrophages for a longer period of time than wild-type strains and infect the cells more readily. Our results suggest that uptake of S. Typhimurium by macrophages is dependent upon the duration of contact time of the bacterium with the cell, in addition to the frequency with which the bacteria collide with the cell.

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0033

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@inproceedings{Achouri2015TheFA, title={The frequency and duration of Salmonella–macrophage adhesion events determines infection efficiency}, author={Sarra Achouri and John A Wright and Lewis D. B. Evans and Charlotte Macleod and Gillian M. Fraser and Pietro Cicuta and Clare Bryant}, booktitle={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences}, year={2015} }