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Publication : Infection and immunity

Enterococcus faecalis promotes innate immune suppression and polymicrobial catheter-associated urinary tract infection

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Published in Infection and immunity - 11 Sep 2017

Tien BYQ, Goh HMS, Chong KKL, Bhaduri-Tagore S, Holec S, Dress R, Ginhoux F, Ingersoll MA, Williams RBH, Kline KA

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 28893918

Infect. Immun. 2017 Nov;85(12)

Enterococcus faecalis, a member of the human gastrointestinal microbiota, is an opportunistic pathogen associated with hospital-acquired wound, bloodstream, and urinary tract infections. E. faecalis can subvert or evade immune-mediated clearance, although the mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, we examined E. faecalis-mediated subversion of macrophage activation. We observed that E. faecalis actively prevents NF-κB signaling in mouse RAW264.7 macrophages in the presence of Toll-like receptor agonists and during polymicrobial infection with Escherichia coliE. faecalis and E. coli co-infection in a mouse model of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) resulted in a suppressed macrophage transcriptional response in the bladder compared to E. coli infection alone. Finally, we demonstrated that co-inoculation of E. faecalis with a commensal strain of E. coli into catheterized bladders significantly augmented E. coli CAUTI. Taken together, these results support that E. faecalis suppression of NF-κB-driven responses in macrophages promotes polymicrobial CAUTI pathogenesis especially when co-infected with less virulent or commensal E. coli strains.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28893918