Ballas, P; Gabler, C; Wagener, K; Drillich, M; Ehling-Schulz, M
Streptococcus uberis strains originating from bovine uteri provoke upregulation of pro-inflammatory factors mRNA expression of endometrial epithelial cells in vitro.
Vet Microbiol. 2020; 245:108710
Autor/innen der Vetmeduni Vienna:
Institut für Mikrobiologie, Abteilung für Funktionelle Mikrobiologie
Universitätsklinik für Wiederkäuer, Bestandsbetreuung bei Wiederkäuern
Deciphering the role of the opportunistic pathogen Bacillus pumilus and Streptococcus uberis in bovine postpartum uterine infections
- Streptococcus uberis is an opportunistic pathogen involved in various infections of cattle. It is a well-known etiological agent of bovine mastitis and has recently also been linked to postpartum endometritis in dairy cows. S. uberis is frequently isolated from the uterus of postpartum cows but its actual contribution to host pathophysiology is unknown and information on S. uberis virulence factors potentially involved in the disease is lacking. To gain first insights into the role of S. uberis in the pathology of bovine endometritis, a cell-culture-based infection model was employed to study inflammatory host responses and investigate cytotoxic effects. A comprehensive strain panel, comprising 53 strains previously isolated from bovine uteri, was compiled and screened for known virulence factor genes. Isolates showing distinct virulence gene patterns were used to study their impact on cellular viability and influence on mRNA expression of pro-inflammatory factors in endometrial epithelial cells. Our study revealed that S. uberis negatively impacts the viability of endometrial epithelial cells and provokes an upregulation of specific pro-inflammatory factors, although with certain strains having a greater effect than others. Especially, mRNA expression of IL1A and CXCL8 as well as CXCL1/2 and PTGS2 was found to be stimulated by S. uberis. These results suggest that S. uberis might indeed contribute to the establishment of bovine endometritis.Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.