The Salmonella type-3 secretion system-1 and flagellar motility influence the neutrophil respiratory burst. Academic Article uri icon


  • Neutrophils are innate immune response cells designed to kill invading microorganisms. One of the mechanisms neutrophils use to kill bacteria is generation of damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS) via the respiratory burst. However, during enteric salmonellosis, neutrophil-derived ROS actually facilitates Salmonella expansion and survival in the gut. This seeming paradox led us to hypothesize that Salmonella may possess mechanisms to influence the neutrophil respiratory burst. In this work, we used an in vitro Salmonella-neutrophil co-culture model to examine the impact of enteric infection relevant virulence factors on the respiratory burst of human neutrophils. We report that neutrophils primed with granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor and suspended in serum containing complement produce a robust respiratory burst when stimulated with viable STm. The magnitude of the respiratory burst increases when STm are grown under conditions to induce the expression of the type-3 secretion system-1. STm mutants lacking the type-3 secretion system-1 induce less neutrophil ROS than the virulent WT. In addition, we demonstrate that flagellar motility is a significant agonist of the neutrophil respiratory burst. Together our data demonstrate that both the type-3 secretion system-1 and flagellar motility, which are established virulence factors in enteric salmonellosis, also appear to directly influence the magnitude of the neutrophil respiratory burst in response to STm in vitro.

published proceedings

  • PLoS One

altmetric score

  • 31.096

author list (cited authors)

  • Westerman, T. L., Bogomolnaya, L., Andrews-Polymenis, H. L., Sheats, M. K., & Elfenbein, J. R.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Westerman, Trina L||Bogomolnaya, Lydia||Andrews-Polymenis, Helene L||Sheats, M Katherine||Elfenbein, Johanna R

editor list (cited editors)

  • Mantis, N. J.

publication date

  • September 2018