A Novel Mouse Model of Enteric Vibrio parahaemolyticus Infection Reveals that the Type III Secretion System 2 Effector VopC Plays a Key Role in Tissue Invasion and Gastroenteritis Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Vibrio parahaemolyticuscauses severe gastroenteritis following consumption of contaminated seafood. Global warming has allowed this pathogen to spread worldwide, contributing to recent outbreaks. Clinical isolates are known to harbor an array of virulence factors, including T3SS1 and T3SS2; however, the precise role these systems play in intestinal disease remains unclear. There is an urgent need to improve our understanding of howV. parahaemolyticusinfects hosts and causes disease. We present a novel mouse model for this facultative intracellular pathogen and observe that the T3SS2 is essential to pathogenicity. Moreover, we show that the T3SS2 effector VopC, previously shown to be a Rac and Cdc42 deamidase that facilitates bacterial uptake by nonphagocytic cells, also plays a key role in the ability ofV. parahaemolyticusto invade the intestinal mucosa and cause gastroenteritis. This experimental model thus provides a valuable tool for future elucidation of virulence mechanisms used by this facultative intracellular pathogen duringin vivoinfection.


  • Yang, Hyungjun
  • de Souza Santos, Marcela
  • Lee, Julia
  • Law, Hong T
  • Chimalapati, Suneeta
  • Verdu, Elena
  • Orth, Kim
  • Vallance, Bruce A

publication date

  • December 24, 2019

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