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LuxS-Based Quorum Sensing Does Not Affect the Ability of Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium To Express the SPI-1 Type 3 Secretion System, Induce Membrane Ruffles, or Invade Epithelial Cells

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michail Karavolos, Hannah Spencer, Dr David Bulmer, Dr Anjam Khan


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Bacterial species can communicate by producing and sensing small autoinducer molecules by a process known as quorum sensing. Salmonella enterica produces autoinducer 2 (AI-2) via the luxS synthase gene, which is used by some bacterial pathogens to coordinate virulence gene expression with population density. We investigated whether the luxS gene might affect the ability of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to invade epithelial cells. No differences were found between the wild-type strain of S. Typhimurium, SL1344, and its isogenic luxS mutant with respect to the number and morphology of the membrane ruffles induced or their ability to invade epithelial cells. The dynamics of the ruffling process were also similar in the wild-type strain (SL1344) and the luxS mutant. Furthermore, comparing the Salmonella pathogenicity island 1 (SPI-1) type 3 secretion profiles of wild-type SL1344 and the luxS mutant by Western blotting and measuring the expression of a single-copy green fluorescent protein fusion to the prgH (an essential SPI-1 gene) promoter indicated that SPI-1 expression and activity are similar in the wild-type SL1344 and luxS mutant. Genetic deletion of luxS did not alter the virulence of S. Typhimurium in the mouse model, and therefore, it appears that luxS does not play a significant role in regulating invasion of Salmonella in vitro or in vivo.

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Author(s): Perrett CA, Karavolos MH, Humphrey S, Mastroeni P, Martinez-Argudo I, Spencer H, Bulmer D, Winzer K, McGhie E, Koronakis V, Williams P, Khan CMA, Jepson MA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Bacteriology

Year: 2009

Volume: 191

Issue: 23

Pages: 7253-7259

ISSN (print): 0021-9193

ISSN (electronic): 1067-8832

Publisher: American Society for Microbiology


DOI: 10.1128/JB.00727-09


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G74/77Medical Research Council