Interactions of some common pathogenic bacteria with Acanthamoeba polyphaga

Sharon A. Huws, Robert J. Morley, Martin V. Jones, Michael R. W. Brown, Anthony W. Smith

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Abstract

Protozoan grazing is a major trophic pathway whereby the biomass re-enters the food web. Nonetheless, not all bacteria are digested by protozoa and the number known to evade digestion, resulting in their environmental augmentation, is increasing. We investigated the interactions of Bacillus cereus, Enterococcus faecalis, Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC), Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), with the amoeba, Acanthamoeba polyphaga. There was evidence of predation of all bacterial species except L. monocytogenes and S. aureus, where extracellular numbers were significantly higher when cultured with amoebae compared with growth in the absence of amoebae. Intracellular growth kinetic experiments and fluorescent confocal microscopy suggest that S. aureus survived and may even multiply within A. polyphaga, whereas there was no apparent intra-amoebal replication of L. monocytogenes and higher numbers were likely sustained on metabolic waste products released during coculture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-265
Number of pages8
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Volume282
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Acanthamoeba
Amoeba
Listeria monocytogenes
Staphylococcus aureus
Bacteria
Waste Products
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli
Methicillin
Bacillus cereus
Salmonella enterica
Food Chain
Enterococcus faecalis
Growth
Coculture Techniques
Confocal Microscopy
Biomass
Digestion

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Huws, S. A., Morley, R. J., Jones, M. V., Brown, M. R. W., & Smith, A. W. (2008). Interactions of some common pathogenic bacteria with Acanthamoeba polyphaga. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 282(2), 258-265. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6968.2008.01123.x

Interactions of some common pathogenic bacteria with Acanthamoeba polyphaga. / Huws, Sharon A.; Morley, Robert J.; Jones, Martin V.; Brown, Michael R. W.; Smith, Anthony W.

In: FEMS Microbiology Letters, Vol. 282, No. 2, 2008, p. 258-265.

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Huws, Sharon A. ; Morley, Robert J. ; Jones, Martin V. ; Brown, Michael R. W. ; Smith, Anthony W. / Interactions of some common pathogenic bacteria with Acanthamoeba polyphaga. In: FEMS Microbiology Letters. 2008 ; Vol. 282, No. 2. pp. 258-265.
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