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The Shiga toxin 2 production level in enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 is correlated with the subtypes of toxin-encoding phage.
Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 16; 5:16663.SR

Abstract

Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) causes diarrhea and hemorrhagic colitis with life-threatening complications, such as hemolytic uremic syndrome. Their major virulence factor is Shiga toxin (Stx), which is encoded by bacteriophages. Of the two types of Stx, the production of Stx2, particularly that of Stx2a (a subtype of Stx2), is a major risk factor for severe EHEC infections, but the Stx2 production level is highly variable between strains. Here, we define four major and two minor subtypes of Stx2a-encoding phages according to their replication proteins. The subtypes are correlated with Stx2a titers produced by the host O157 strains, suggesting a critical role of the phage subtype in determining the Stx2a production level. We further show that one of the two subclades in the clade 8, a proposed hyper-virulent lineage of O157, carries the Stx2 phage subtype that confers the highest Stx2 production to the host strain. The presence of this subclade may explain the proposed high virulence potential of clade 8. These results provide novel insights into the variation in virulence among O157 strains and highlight the role of phage variation in determining the production level of the virulence factors that phages encode.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Bacteriology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan.Division of Microbiology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, 5200 Kihara, Kiyotake, Miyazaki 889-1692, Japan. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Department, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Kumargaon, Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh.Division of Microbiology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, 5200 Kihara, Kiyotake, Miyazaki 889-1692, Japan.Environmental Science Division, Fukuoka City Institute for Hygiene and the Environment, 2-1-34 Jigyouhama, Chuou-ku, Fukuoka 810-0065, Japan.Department of Preventive Medicine, Institute of Health Biosciences, University of Tokushima Graduate School, 3-18-15, Kuramoto, Tokushima 770-8504, Japan.Division of Microbiology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, 5200 Kihara, Kiyotake, Miyazaki 889-1692, Japan.Department of Microbiology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University, 8-35-1 Sakuragaoka, Kagoshima 890-8544, Japan.Division of Microbiology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, 5200 Kihara, Kiyotake, Miyazaki 889-1692, Japan.Division of Microbiology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, 5200 Kihara, Kiyotake, Miyazaki 889-1692, Japan.Department of Bacteriology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, 1-23-1 Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8640, Japan.Department of Bacteriology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26567959

Citation

Ogura, Yoshitoshi, et al. "The Shiga Toxin 2 Production Level in Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia Coli O157:H7 Is Correlated With the Subtypes of Toxin-encoding Phage." Scientific Reports, vol. 5, 2015, p. 16663.
Ogura Y, Mondal SI, Islam MR, et al. The Shiga toxin 2 production level in enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 is correlated with the subtypes of toxin-encoding phage. Sci Rep. 2015;5:16663.
Ogura, Y., Mondal, S. I., Islam, M. R., Mako, T., Arisawa, K., Katsura, K., Ooka, T., Gotoh, Y., Murase, K., Ohnishi, M., & Hayashi, T. (2015). The Shiga toxin 2 production level in enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 is correlated with the subtypes of toxin-encoding phage. Scientific Reports, 5, 16663. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep16663
Ogura Y, et al. The Shiga Toxin 2 Production Level in Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia Coli O157:H7 Is Correlated With the Subtypes of Toxin-encoding Phage. Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 16;5:16663. PubMed PMID: 26567959.
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