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      Mapping of Shigella flexneri’s tissue distribution and type III secretion apparatus activity during infection of the large intestine of guinea pigs

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          Shigella spp. are bacterial pathogens that invade the human colonic mucosa using a type III secretion apparatus (T3SA), a proteinaceous device activated upon contact with host cells. Active T3SAs translocate proteins that carve the intracellular niche of Shigella spp. Nevertheless, the activation state of the T3SA has not been addressed in vivo. Here, we used a green fluorescent protein transcription-based secretion activity reporter (TSAR) to provide a spatio-temporal description of S. flexneri T3SAs activity in the colon of Guinea pigs. First, we observed that early mucus release is triggered in the vicinity of luminal bacteria with inactive T3SA. Subsequent mucosal invasion showed bacteria with active T3SA associated with the brush border, eventually penetrating into epithelial cells. From 2 to 8 h post-challenge, the infection foci expanded, and these intracellular bacteria displayed homogeneously high-secreting activity, while extracellular foci within the lamina propria featured bacteria with low secretion activity. We also found evidence that within lamina propria macrophages, bacteria reside in vacuoles instead of accessing the cytosol. Finally, bacteria were cleared from tissues between 8 and 24 h post-challenge, highlighting the hit-and-run colonization strategy of Shigella. This study demonstrates how genetically encoded reporters can contribute to deciphering pathogenesis in vivo.


          We mapped Shigella flexneri cells and assessed the activity of their type III secretion apparatus in the large intestine of Guinea pigs.

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                Pathog Dis
                Pathog Dis
                Pathogens and Disease
                Oxford University Press
                03 October 2019
                October 2019
                03 October 2019
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                [1 ] Unité de Pathogénie Microbienne Moléculaire, Institut Pasteur , INSERM U1202, 24-28 rue du Docteur-Roux, 75015 Paris, France
                [2 ] Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation , 271 Animal Sciences, 1675 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
                [3 ] Ultrastructural Bioimaging unit, Institut Pasteur , 24-28 rue du Docteur-Roux, 75015 Paris, France
                [4 ] Chaire de Microbiologie et Maladies Infectieuses, Collège de France , 11 Place Marcelin Berthelot, 75231 Paris, France
                [5 ] Architecture et Réactivité de l'ARN, Université de Strasbourg , CNRS UPR9002, 2 Allée Konrad Roentgen, 67084 Strasbourg, France
                [6 ] Unité Pathogenèse des Infections Vasculaires, Institut Pasteur , 24-28 rue du Docteur-Roux, 75015 Paris, France
                [7 ] The Host-Microbe Interactions Laboratory, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa , 150 Louis-Pasteur private, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada
                [8 ] Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Ottawa , 451 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada
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                Corresponding author: 150 Louis-Pasteur private, Ottawa, ON, K1N6N5, Canada. Tel: 613-562-5800; E-mail: fcampbel@ 123456uottawa.ca
                © FEMS 2019.

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                Pages: 9
                Funded by: European Research Council 10.13039/501100000781
                Funded by: Howard Hughes Medical Institute 10.13039/100000011
                Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research 10.13039/501100000024
                Award ID: 159517
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