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Systemic Character of Legionnaires’ Disease – A Murine Model

Marina Šantić ; Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Medical Faculty, University of Rijeka, Braće Branchetta 20, HR-51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Michael Bozic ; Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Institute of Hygiene, KF-University Graz, Universitaetplatz 4, A-8010 Graz, Austria
Harald H. Kessler ; Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Institute of Hygiene, KF-University Graz, Universitaetplatz 4, A-8010 Graz, Austria
Miljenko Dorić ; Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Medical Faculty, University of Rijeka, Braće Branchetta 20, HR-51000 Rijeka, Croatia


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In contrast to lung infection caused by Legionella pneumophila, little is known about the pathogenesis of this disease in other organs. In this study, we analyzed the number of colony forming units (CFU) of legionellae not only in lungs but also in EDTA plasma, liver, spleen and kidneys. The number of CFU was determined 2, 24, 48, 72 and 168 h after intratracheal inoculation. Results showed that the inflammatory response was mostly pronounced in lungs. Legionellae, however, were also found in EDTA plasma and all the other investigated organs. The duration of infection was most protracted in lungs, with persistence for at least 168 h. In the remaining organs, legionellae were found for a maximum of 72 h after inoculation. Besides the culture methods used for detection of CFU we also
used LightCycler (LC) PCR to confirm the presence of bacteria in the blood of intratracheally infected mice. By this method the bacterial DNA could be detected during the first two days of post infection.

Ključne riječi

Legionnaires’ disease, systemic disease, animal model, real-time polymerase chain reaction

Hrčak ID:

118620

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/118620

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