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Fever temperature enhances mechanisms of survival of Streptococcus agalactiae within human endothelial cells

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Group B streptococci (GBS) are the most common cause of pneumonia and sepsis during the neonatal period. However, the pathogenesis of invasive infection is poorly understood. We investigated the ability of GBS grown at 37°C and 40°C to adhere and invade human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) at different periods of incubation (0, 0.5, 1, 2, 18 and 24 h). All strains tested, except strain 88641-vagina survived for 24 h in the intracellular environment at 40°C. For serotype III grown at 40°C, both strains (80340-vagina and 90356-liquor) showed increased adherence and intracellular survival when compared to bacteria grown at 37°C (P<0.01). GBS serotype V strains (88641-vagina and 90186-blood) showed ability to survive inside HUVECs until 2 and 24 h post-infection at 40°C and 37°C, respectively (P<0.01). Influence of growth temperature in bacterial interaction with endothelial cells was partially dependent of serotypes and the clinical origin of strains. Serotypes III and V strains grown at both temperatures remained viable within acidic endothelial vacuoles which acquired Rab7 and LAMP-1 endosomal markers. The data emphasize the influence of temperature on cellular events of phagocytosis and pathogenesis of GBS diseases.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Departamento de Biologia Celular, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcântara Gomes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20550-013, Brazil

Publication date: October 1, 2010

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    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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