Respiration of Microbiota-Derived 1,2-propanediol Drives Salmonella Expansion during Colitis. Academic Article uri icon


  • Intestinal inflammation caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium increases the availability of electron acceptors that fuel a respiratory growth of the pathogen in the intestinal lumen. Here we show that one of the carbon sources driving this respiratory expansion in the mouse model is 1,2-propanediol, a microbial fermentation product. 1,2-propanediol utilization required intestinal inflammation induced by virulence factors of the pathogen. S. Typhimurium used both aerobic and anaerobic respiration to consume 1,2-propanediol and expand in the murine large intestine. 1,2-propanediol-utilization did not confer a benefit in germ-free mice, but the pdu genes conferred a fitness advantage upon S. Typhimurium in mice mono-associated with Bacteroides fragilis or Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron. Collectively, our data suggest that intestinal inflammation enables S. Typhimurium to sidestep nutritional competition by respiring a microbiota-derived fermentation product.

published proceedings

  • PLoS Pathog

altmetric score

  • 30.11

author list (cited authors)

  • Faber, F., Thiennimitr, P., Spiga, L., Byndloss, M. X., Litvak, Y., Lawhon, S., ... Bumler, A. J.

citation count

  • 108

complete list of authors

  • Faber, Franziska||Thiennimitr, Parameth||Spiga, Luisella||Byndloss, Mariana X||Litvak, Yael||Lawhon, Sara||Andrews-Polymenis, Helene L||Winter, Sebastian E||Bäumler, Andreas J

editor list (cited editors)

  • Sperandio, V.

publication date

  • January 2017