Gelatinase contributes to the pathogenesis of endocarditis caused by Enterococcus faecalis

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dc.contributor.author Thurlow, Lance R.
dc.contributor.author Thomas, Vinai Chittezham
dc.contributor.author Narayan, Sanjeev K.
dc.contributor.author Olson, Sally A.
dc.contributor.author Fleming, Sherry D.
dc.contributor.author Hancock, Lynn E.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T16:27:49Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T16:27:49Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/16675
dc.description.abstract The Gram-positive pathogen Enterococcus faecalis is a leading agent of nosocomial infections including urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, and bacteremia. Among the infections caused by E. faecalis, endocarditis remains a serious clinical manifestation and unique in that it is commonly acquired in a community setting. Infective endocarditis is a complex disease with many host and microbial components contributing to the formation of bacterial biofilm-like vegetations on the aortic valve and adjacent areas within the heart. In the current study, we compared the pathogenic potential of the vancomycin resistant E. faecalis V583 and three isogenic protease mutants (ΔgelE, ΔsprE and ΔgelEsprE) in a rabbit model of enterococcal endocarditis. The bacterial burdens displayed by GelEˉ mutants (ΔgelE , ΔgelEsprE) in the heart were significantly lower compared to V583 or the SprEˉ mutant. Vegetations on the aortic valve infected with GelEˉ mutants (ΔgelE; ΔgelEsprE) also showed a significant increase in deposition of fibrinous matrix layer and increased chemotaxis of inflammatory cells. In support of a role for proteolytic modulation of the immune response to E. faecalis, we also demonstrate that GelE can cleave the anaphylatoxin complement C5a and that this proteolysis leads to decreased neutrophil migration in vitro. In vivo, a decreased heterophil (neutrophil-like cells) migration was observed at tissue sites infected with GelE producing strains, but not by SprE producing strains. Taken together, these observations suggest that of the two enterococcal proteases, gelatinase is the principal mediator of pathogenesis in endocarditis. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://iai.asm.org/content/78/11/4936 en_US
dc.subject Enterococcus faecalis en_US
dc.subject Gelatinase en_US
dc.subject Endocarditis en_US
dc.title Gelatinase contributes to the pathogenesis of endocarditis caused by Enterococcus faecalis en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1128/IAI.01118-09 en_US
dc.citation.epage 4943 en_US
dc.citation.issue 11 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Infection and Immunity en_US
dc.citation.spage 4936 en_US
dc.citation.volume 78 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid snarayan en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid solson en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid sdflemin en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid lynnh en_US


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