Escherichia coli LF82 Differentially Regulates ROS Production and Mucin Expression in Intestinal Epithelial T84 Cells


  • Elatrech Imen
  • Marzaioli Viviana
  • Boukemara Hanane
  • Bournier Odile
  • Neut Christel
  • Darfeuille-Michaud Arlette
  • Luis José
  • Dubuquoy Laurent
  • El-Benna Jamel
  • Dang Pham My-Chan
  • Marie Jean-Claude


Background: Increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production is associated with inflamed ileal lesions in Crohn’s disease colonized by pathogenic adherent–invasive Escherichia coli LF82. We investigated whether such ileal bacteria can modulate ROS production by epithelial cells, thus impacting on inflammation and mucin expression. Methods: Ileal bacteria from patients with Crohn’s disease were incubated with cultured epithelial T84 cells, and ROS production was assayed using the luminol-amplified chemiluminescence method. The gentamicin protection assay was used for bacterial invasion of T84 cell. The expression of NADPH oxidase (NOX) subunits, mucin, and IL-8 was analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR and Western blots. Involvement of NOX and ROS was analyzed using diphenyleneiodonium (DPI) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Results: Among different bacteria tested, only LF82 induced an increase of ROS production by T84 cells in a dose-dependent manner. This response was inhibited by DPI and NAC. Heat- or ethanol-attenuated LF82 bacteria and the mutant LF82DFimA, which does not express pili type 1 and poorly adheres to epithelial cells, did not induce the oxidative response. The LF82-induced oxidative response coincides with its invasion in T84 cells, and both processes were inhibited by DPI. Also, we observed an increased expression of NOX1 and NOXO1 in response to LF82 bacteria versus the mutant LF82DFimA. Furthermore, LF82 inhibited mucin gene expression (MUC2 and MUC5AC) in T84 cells while increasing the chemotactic IL-8 expression, both in a DPI-sensitive manner. Conclusions: Adherent–invasive E. coli LF82 induced ROS production by intestinal NADPH oxidase and altered mucin and IL-8 expression, leading to perpetuation of inflammatory lesions in Crohn’s disease.

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