Author(s): MacDonald TT, Carter PB
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Abstract Specified pathogen-free B6D2F1 mice were orally infected with various doses of Listeria monocytogenes. Oral inocula containing more than 2.5 X 10(8) live organisms consistently initiated infection in the Peyer's patches (PP) of the small intestine. At lower doses the infection was sporadic, with many mice showing no apparent infection in the PP. The PP appeared to be the only site of tissue invasion and L. monocytogenes survival in the intestinal tissues, as no organisms were recovered from mucosa dissected free of all visible PP. Within the PP, the bacteria multiplied and the infection then disseminated to the mesenteric lymph node (MLN), liver, and spleen. However, bacteria were almost completely eliminated from all tissues, both systemic and gut-associated by 6 days postinfection. Mice given a primary L. monocytogenes infection by the oral route were highly resistant to subsequent intravenous or oral challenge. Likewise, sublethal intravenous infection rendered mice highly resistant to subsequent oral infection. In addition, lymphocytes from the PP, MLN, and spleens of mice recovering from a primary oral infection were able to adoptively transfer immunity to normal recipients. Finally, after oral infection, mice did not display peripheral delayed hypersensitivity to L. monocytogenes antigens until the organisms had penetrated to the spleen.
This article was published in Infect Immun
and referenced in Journal of Gastrointestinal & Digestive System