Adhesive and invasive capacities of Edwarsiella tarda isolated from South American sea lion

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Fernández,Araceli ; Paz Villanueva,María ; González,Mario ; Fernández,Fabiola ; Latif,Fadua ; Flores,Sandra Nonier ; Fernández,Heriberto (2014)
  • Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia
  • Journal: volume 45, issue 3, pages 1,095-1,099 (issn: 1517-8382, eissn: 1678-4405)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC4204952, doi: 10.1590/S1517-83822014000300044
  • Subject: Edwarsiella tarda | invasion | adherence | Otaria flavescens | Microbiology | QR1-502 | Research Paper

Edwarsiella tarda is a zoonotic bacterium that can be isolated from humans, animals and the environment. Although E. tarda is primarily considered a fish pathogen, it is the only species of its genus considered to be pathogenic for humans as well. A survey of zoonotic intestinal bacteria in fresh feces from South American sea lions (SASL) Otaria flavescens, reported E. tarda as the most frequently isolated species. In this study, we used HEp-2 cells to establish in vitro the adherence and invasive ability of 17 E. tarda strains isolated from SASL fecal material. All the strains were able to adhere and invade HEp-2 cells with adhesion and invasion percentages ranging from 56 to 100% and 21 to 74%, respectively. Despite the expression of these pathogenic factors, further investigation is needed to determine whether this bacterium could play a role as primary pathogen for this and other species of pinnipeds.