Endocytosis of Campylobacter Jejuni into Caco-2 Cells
Some strains of C. jejuni are able to enter a variety of eukaryotic cells in culture and this characteristic is thought to reflect the ability of the organism to invade host cells in the gut. This ability is believed to be an important determinant of virulence for these organisms4,6,7,9. In order to study the mechanisms by which campylobacters enter into eukaryotic cells several groups have used a number of different cell lines and strains of C. jejuni. Evidence has been presented for an involvement in endocytosis of microfilaments6, microtubules and clathryn-coated pits7 and an energy dependent mechanism involving none of these host components9. Nothing is currently known of the signal transduction pathways involved in induced uptake of cell associated C. jejuni into eukaryotic cells.
KeywordsCholera Toxin Pertussis Toxin Myosin Light Chain Kinase Monodansyl Cadaverine Cell BioI
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