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Title: Microbial and cellular interactions of flagellate pathogen Salmonella enterica serovar enteritidis and flagellate intestinal resident Roseburia sp with intestinal epithelial cells
Author: Fraser-Pitt, Douglas
ISNI:       0000 0001 3483 5047
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2008
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Flagellin was demonstrated to initiate signalling responses in intestinal epithelial cells resulting in the induction of interleukin-8 (IL-8) and human beta defensin-2 (hBD-2) genes.  Intestinal epithelial cell responses to flagellin isolated from both these organisms and signalling responses to whole bacteria and their mutants was examined. Studies with S. enteritidis mutants confirmed the importance of flagellin in signalling responses in Caco-2 intestinal epithelial cells.  Flagellin was a requirement for the nuclear locations of the transcription factor NF-κB.  IL-8 and hBD-2 gene transcription in response to S. enteritidis was found to be dependent on bacterial cell density.  At high densities there was a down-regulation in the induction of these genes.  This down-regulatory signal was isolated in bacterial cell-free conditioned media.  Experiments with R. intestinalis in a novel anaerobic/aerobic co-culture system also suggested that this organism may regulate aspects of the intestinal epithelial cell response to flagellin.  Proteomic methods were employed to characterise proteins in bacterial cell-free conditioned media produced by S. enteritidis, and also to examine density-dependent changes in the S. enteritidis proteome.  These techniques were also employed to investigate epithelial cell-induced changes in the proteome of flagellate commensal Roseburia hominis. In summary this study confirmed previous published evidence that flagellin is important in signalling responses in Caco-2 cells challenged with S. enteritidis. Novel experiments with commensal R. intestinalis derived flagellin (fliC gene sequenced in this project) showed that it also induced the transcription of IL-8 and hBD-2 genes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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