Enterococcus faecalis from healthy infants modulates inflammation through MAPK signaling pathways.


Wang, S; Hibberd, ML; Pettersson, S; Lee, YK; (2014) Enterococcus faecalis from healthy infants modulates inflammation through MAPK signaling pathways. PLoS One, 9 (5). e97523. ISSN 1932-6203 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097523

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Abstract

Colonizing commensal bacteria after birth are required for the proper development of the gastrointestinal tract. It is believed that bacterial colonization pattern in neonatal gut affects gut barrier function and immune system maturation. Studies on the development of faecal microbiota in infants showed that the neonatal gut was first colonized with enterococci followed by other microbiota such as Bifidobacterium. Other studies showed that babies who developed allergy were less often colonized with Enterococcus during the first month of life as compared to healthy infants. Many studies have been conducted to elucidate how bifidobacteria or lactobacilli, some of which are considered probiotic, regulate infant gut immunity. However, fewer studies have been focused on enterococi. In our study, we demonstrate that E. faecalis, isolated from healthy newborns, suppress inflammatory responses activated in vivo and in vitro. We found E. faecalis attenuates proinflammatory cytokine secretions, especially IL-8, through JNK and p38 signaling pathways. This finding shed light on how the first colonizer, E.faecalis, regulates inflammatory responses in the host.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
PubMed ID: 24830946
Web of Science ID: 336789500075
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2014199

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