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      Newly Isolated Animal Pathogen Corynebacterium silvaticum Is Cytotoxic to Human Epithelial Cells

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          Corynebacterium silvaticum is a newly identified animal pathogen of forest animals such as roe deer and wild boars. The species is closely related to the emerging human pathogen Corynebacterium ulcerans and the widely distributed animal pathogen Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. In this study, Corynebacterium silvaticum strain W25 was characterized with respect to its interaction with human cell lines. Microscopy, measurement of transepithelial electric resistance and cytotoxicity assays revealed detrimental effects of C. silvaticum to different human epithelial cell lines and to an invertebrate animal model, Galleria mellonella larvae, comparable to diphtheria toxin-secreting C. ulcerans. Furthermore, the results obtained may indicate a considerable zoonotic potential of this newly identified species.

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                Role: Academic Editor
                Int J Mol Sci
                Int J Mol Sci
                International Journal of Molecular Sciences
                29 March 2021
                April 2021
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                [1 ]Microbiology Division, Department of Biology, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 91054 Erlangen, Germany; jens.moeller@ 123456fau.de
                [2 ]Institute of Bacterial Infections and Zoonoses, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, 07743 Jena, Germany; anne.busch@ 123456med.uni-jena.de (A.B.); Helmut.Hotzel@ 123456fli.de (H.H.)
                [3 ]Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Jena University Hospital, 07747 Jena, Germany
                [4 ]Institute of Molecular Pathogenesis, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, 007743 Jena, Germany; Christian.Berens@ 123456fli.de
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                [* ]Correspondence: andreas.burkovski@ 123456fau.de ; Tel.: +49-9131-852-8086
                © 2021 by the authors.

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