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Escherichia coli STb toxin induces apoptosis in intestinal epithelial cell lines.
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PMID:  22771838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A previous study conducted in our laboratory demonstrated that cells having internalized Escherichia coli STb toxin display apoptotic-like morphology. We therefore investigated if STb could induce programmed cell death in both a human and an animal intestinal epithelial cell lines. HRT-18 (Human Colon Tumour) and IEC-18 (Rat Ileum Epithelial Cells) cell lines were used. As STb is frequently tested in a rat model, the IEC-18 cell line was most relevant to our work. The cell lines were treated with various amounts of purified STb (nanomole range) for a period of 24 hours after which cells were harvested and examined for apoptotic characteristics. Caspase-9, the initiator of mitochondrion-mediated apoptosis, and caspase-3, an effector of caspase-9, were both activated following STb intoxication of HRT-18 and IEC-18 cells whereas caspase-8, the initiator caspase of the extrinsic pathway, was not activated. For both cell lines, agarose gel electrophoresis of the cell DNA content reveals laddering of DNA, resulting from DNA fragmentation, a characteristic of apoptosis. Hoechst 33342-stained DNA of STb-treated cell lines, observed using fluorescence microscopy, revealed condensation and fragmentation of the nuclei. Apoptotic indexes calculated from fragmented nuclei of Hoechst 33342-stained DNA for HRT-18 and IEC-18 cells showed a STb dose-dependent response. Overall, these data indicate that STb toxin induces a mitochondrion-mediated caspase-dependent apoptotic pathway.
H Claudia Syed; J Daniel Dubreuil
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Microbial pathogenesis     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1096-1208     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8606191     Medline TA:  Microb Pathog     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Groupe de recherche sur les maladies infectieuses du porc, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada.
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