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Microbiol Immunol. 1986;30(12):1225-37.

Cytopathogenic effect of Salmonella typhi GIFU 10007 on M cells of murine ileal Peyer's patches in ligated ileal loops: an ultrastructural study.

Abstract

An electron microscopic study revealed that, within 30 min after inoculation into the ligated ileal loop of anesthetized mice, cells of Salmonella typhi GIFU 10007 adhered to the M cell surface of Peyer's patch lymphoid follicle epithelium, and induced almost complete destruction of M cells. The M cell cytoplasms were pinched off and extruded from the epithelial lining into the luminal space together with the lymphoid cells primarily enfolded into the corresponding M cells. When two or more M cells were destroyed, a large defect in the epithelial lining was apparent, and a number of bacteria appeared near the basal lamina of the epithelial lining. These findings suggest, as far as anesthetized murine ileal loops and strain 10007 are concerned, that ileal M cells are the target cell at an early stage of S. typhi infection and the infection may further progress to deeper tissues and to the general circulation.

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