Entry of Burkholderia organisms into respiratory epithelium: CFTR, microfilament and microtubule dependence. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of infection with Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) organisms may be linked to its capacity to invade respiratory epithelium. METHODS: An antibiotic exclusion assay was used to study B. dolosa AU4459 and B. cenocepacia J2315 invasion into wild-type (WT) and CFTR-deficient respiratory epithelial cells. Inhibitors were used to evaluate Bcc invasion dependency on host microtubule (mt) and microfilament (mf) systems. RESULTS: B. dolosa entered WT-CFTR cells with 5-fold greater efficiency than CFTR deficient cells (25% vs 5%, respectively). Invasion dropped to <0.5% after either mf or mt inhibition. B. cenocepacia entered WT (0.05%) and CFTR-deficient cells (0.07%) with similarly low efficiencies, which significantly decreased with either mf or mt inhibition (0.008% and 0.002%, respectively). CONCLUSION: B. dolosa and B. cenocepacia enter respiratory epithelial cells in a mf and mt dependent fashion. Mutated CFTR leads to less internalization of B. dolosa, but not B. cenocepacia.

published proceedings

  • J Cyst Fibros

author list (cited authors)

  • Taylor, J. B., Hogue, L. A., LiPuma, J. J., Walter, M. J., Brody, S. L., & Cannon, C. L.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Taylor, Jane B||Hogue, Lisa A||LiPuma, John J||Walter, Michael J||Brody, Steven L||Cannon, Carolyn L

publication date

  • January 2010