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J Infect Dis. 1987 Jun;155(6):1254-9.

Natural history of oral Salmonella dublin infection in BALB/c mice: effect of an 80-kilobase-pair plasmid on virulence.


BALB/c mice were infected orally with Salmonella dublin strains Lane and LD842, an isogenic derivative of the former that is avirulent because it was cured of its 80-kilobase-pair virulence plasmid pSDL2. Both strains colonized the intestine and invaded Peyer's patches with equivalent efficiency. However, the parent strain multiplied in mesenteric nodes and in the spleen; the plasmid-cured strain reached these organs, but the infection was low grade and remained relatively static until the mice developed active immunity and cured themselves. The histological response to plasmid-free strain LD842 was mononuclear, whereas the virulent parent strain produced abscesses. Sublethal irradiation of the mice before infection with strain LD842 prevented the mononuclear infiltrate in the liver and made the animals susceptible. Thus the virulence plasmid of S. dublin allows multiplication within the reticuloendothelial system and does not have any effect on the organism's ability to colonize the intestine or invade Peyer's patches.

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