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Protozoa and human macrophages infection by Legionella pneumophila environmental strains belonging to different serogroups.
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PMID:  23135482     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Three Legionella pneumophila strains isolated from municipal hot tap water during a multicentric Italian survey and belonging to serogroups 1, 6, 9 and the reference strain Philadelphia-1 were studied to determine the intracellular replication capability and the cytopathogenicity in human monocyte cell line U937 and in an Acanthamoeba polyphaga strain. Our results show that both serogroups 1 and Philadelphia-1 were able to multiply into macrophages inducing cytopathogenicity, while serogroup 6 and ever more serogroup 9 were less efficient in leading to death of the infected macrophages. Both serogroups 1 and 6 displayed a quite good capability of intracellular replication in A. polyphaga, although serogroup 1 was less cytopathogenic than serogroup 6. Serogroup 9, like Philadelphia-1 strain, showed a reduced efficiency of infection and replication and a low cytopathogenicity towards the protozoan. Our study suggests that bacterial pathogenesis is linked to the difference in the virulence expression of L. pneumophila serogroups in both hosts, as demonstrated by the fact that only L. pneumophila serogroup 1 shows the contextual expression of the two virulence traits. Serogroup 6 proves to be a good candidate as pathogen since it shows a good capacity for intracellular replication in protozoan.
Messi Patrizia; Bargellini Annalisa; Anacarso Immacolata; Marchesi Isabella; Simona de Niederhäusern; Bondi Moreno
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-072X     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0410427     Medline TA:  Arch Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 287, 41125, Modena, Italy,
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