ABSTRACT: The infectious agent of Legionnaires' disease, Legionella pneumophila, multiplies intracellularly in a variety of eukaryotic cells. Genistein, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has been shown to block intracellular replication of L. pneumophila without harming the infected host cell. The present study has been performed to investigate the underlying mechanism. We demonstrate that inhibition of intracellular bacterial growth by genistein is not mediated by its protein tyrosine kinase-modulating effect but by inhibition of L-type calcium channels of the infected host cell.
FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology 08/2006; 47(2):296-301. · 2.44 Impact Factor