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J Med Microbiol. 1999 Oct;48(10):907-916. doi: 10.1099/00222615-48-10-907.

Intestinal colonisation of gnotobiotic pigs by Salmonella organisms: interaction between isogenic and unrelated strains.

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Division of Environmental Microbiology, Institute for Animal Health, Compton Laboratory, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 7NN.


The effect of intestinal colonisation by a Salmonella strain on the establishment in the gut of an isogenic mutant administered orally 24 h after the first strain was studied in gnotobiotic pigs. Irrespective of the clinical outcome of the infection, the extensive colonisation of one Salmonella strain prevented a similar degree of colonisation by an otherwise isogenic antibiotic resistant strain; in some cases the second strain was hardly detectable. The poor colonisation of the challenge Salmonella strains was generally reflected in very low counts of organisms in the tissues. Colonisation by a strain of Escherichia coli reduced the rate of establishment of an isogenic E. coli, strain but did not prevent colonisation by an S. Typhimurium strain. S. Typhimurium with mutations in the tsr (serine chemotaxis receptor protein) or oxrA (transcriptional regulator of anaerobic metabolism) genes did not inhibit colonisation. Mutations in cya (adenylate cyclase), tar and trg (chemotaxis receptor proteins for aspartate and ribose respectively) genes were less inhibitory, while motB (non-motile) and cheR (impaired motility) mutants were fully inhibitory.

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