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Interaction of porcine neutrophils with different strains of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli

Ondrackova, Petra, Alexa, Pavel, Matiasovic, Jan, Volf, Jiri, Faldyna, Martin
Veterinary microbiology 2012 v.160 no.1-2 pp. 108-116
agglutination, antibodies, bacteria, chemiluminescence, diarrhea, enteritis, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, fimbriae, flow cytometry, gastroenteritis, inflammation, neutrophils, piglets, serotypes, viability
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is one of the most important causes of post-weaning diarrhea in piglets. Whilst serotype O149:F4 is frequently associated with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, other serotypes have been found to be associated with mild or moderate enteritis. As neutrophils are recruited to sites of inflammation, the aim of this study was to ascertain whether or not there is any difference in the in vitro interaction between neutrophils and two different ETEC serotypes: O149:F4 and O147:F18. The association of bacteria with neutrophils was evaluated by flow cytometry. The respiratory burst was measured by the fluorescent probe dichlorofluorescein diacetate using flow cytometry and by L012-amplified chemiluminescence. The titers of antibodies against ETEC present in cultivation sera were assessed by agglutination. The viability of E. coli was ascertained by cultivation. It was found that the strains of O149 serotype were more frequently associated with neutrophils and induced a more intensive respiratory burst compared to the strains of O147 serotype. These differences might be due to the presence of different types of fimbriae on the surface of the strains tested and by the presence of anti-fimbrial antibodies in the porcine plasma. However, the intensive interaction between E. coli and the neutrophils and respiratory burst induced by the O149 strain did not lead to more efficient killing of the bacteria. It is suggested that a stronger respiratory burst may be an important factor causing severe clinical signs of post-weaning diarrhea in piglets.