Send to

Choose Destination
Microb Pathog. 1992 Oct;13(4):281-91.

The virulence plasmid does not contribute to growth of Salmonella in cultured murine macrophages.

Author information

National Public Health Institute, Molecular Biology Program, Helsinki, Finland.


The virulence plasmid, characteristic of many serovars of Salmonella sp., and specifically its spv genes, promote intracellular growth of the bacteria in the liver and spleen and are essential for the virulence of these Salmonella serovars in the mouse. In an attempt to establish an in vitro model for studying its function, we evaluated its effect on the intracellular growth of the bacteria in macrophages in culture. We used a number of different macrophage-like cell lines (J774-A.1, IC-21 and PU5-1.8), as well as peritoneal or splenic macrophages from genetically Salmonella-sensitive (Itys, BALB/c) or resistant (Ityr, C3H/HeN) mice, and at different states of activation, stimulated in vivo or in vitro with lipopolysaccharide and/or recombinant gamma interferon. These were found to differ in their ability to suppress or sustain intracellular growth of several Salmonella serovars, but in all cases the growth was independent of the spv genes.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center