Shigella spp.

  • Douglas I. Johnson


  • Genomics:
    • Shigella flexneri serotype 2a chromosome: 4,607,203 bp; 4434 predicted ORFs (Jin et al. 2002):
      • pCP301 virulence plasmid: 221,618 kb; 267 predicted ORFs
        • Similar virulence plasmids (pINV) are found in all pathogenic Shigella spp. (The et al. 2016).

        • Contains ~31 kb pathogenicity island (SHI) that encodes ~34 genes that are necessary and sufficient for virulence, including the Mxi-Spa Type 3 secretion system (T3SS).

    • Shigella dysenteriae serotype 1 chromosome: 4,369,232 bp; 4557 predicted ORFs (Yang et al. (2005); genomic sequences for S. sonnei and S. boydii are also included).

  • Cell morphology:
    • Rod-shaped cells (Fig. 28.1)

    • No flagellar motility
      • Flagellar genes are inactivated.

      • Actin-based motility (ABM) is used within and between host cells (see below).

    • Lipopolysaccharide (LPS):
      • Immunostimulatory

      • Associated with inflammation and endotoxic shock

  • Gram stain:
    • Gram negative

  • Growth:
    • Facultative anaerobes; oxidase negative.

    • Found in fecal-contaminated food and water; endemic in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

    • Four groups: phylogenetically almost identical to enteroinvasive E. coli (EIEC).

    • Sequence analyses indicate that pathogenic Shigella spp. evolved from noninvasive E. coli ancestor through the acquisition of virulence genes on plasmids and pathogenicity islands by horizontal gene transfer and the loss of anti-virulence genes, such as porins, flagella, and fimbriae (Prosseda et al. 2012; Schroeder and Hilbi 2008).
      • Shigella dysenteriae: Group A (15 serotypes; based on LPS O-antigens)

      • Shigella flexneri: Group B (19 serotypes)

      • Shigella boydii: Group C (19 serotypes)

      • Shigella sonnei: Group D (1 serotype)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas I. Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology & Molecular GeneticsUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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