Role of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli. Virulence Factors in Development of Urinary Tract Infection and Kidney Damage

Witold Stefanski Institute of Parasitology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 51/55 Twarda Street, 00818 Warsaw, Poland.
International journal of nephrology 03/2012; 2012:681473. DOI: 10.1155/2012/681473
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Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) is a causative agent in the vast majority of urinary tract infections (UTIs), including cystitis and pyelonephritis, and infectious complications, which may result in acute renal failure in healthy individuals as well as in renal transplant patients. UPEC expresses a multitude of virulence factors to break the inertia of the mucosal barrier. In response to the breach by UPEC into the normally sterile urinary tract, host inflammatory responses are triggered leading to cytokine production, neutrophil influx, and the exfoliation of infected bladder epithelial cells. Several signaling pathways activated during UPEC infection, including the pathways known to activate the innate immune response, interact with calcium-dependent signaling pathways. Some UPEC isolates, however, might possess strategies to delay or suppress the activation of components of the innate host response in the urinary tract. Studies published in the recent past provide new information regarding how virulence factors of uropathogenic E. coli are involved in activation of the innate host response. Despite numerous host defense mechanisms, UPEC can persist within the urinary tract and may serve as a reservoir for recurrent infections and serious complications. Presentation of the molecular details of these events is essential for development of successful strategies for prevention of human UTIs and urological complications associated with UTIs.

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    • "On the other side, fimH, the fimbrial tip adhesin of type 1 fimbriae, was highly prevalent in both urinary and commensal isolates equally, which concurs to a previous study (92% vs 95%)[12]. Nevertheless, it is an established matter that type 1 fimbriae contribute significantly to the virulence of UPEC isolates by enhancing bacterial survival, stimulating mucosal inflammation, and promoting invasion and growth as a biofilm in the murine model[1]. But since its expression is phase variable, commensal strains could carry the gene without expressing it[14]and even in case they express the gene, it needs more than only type 1 fimbriae to evoke UTI. "
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    • "The cnf1 gene is produced by 1/3 of all pyelonephritis strains and may also be involved in kidney damages, bladder cell exfoliation and enhancement of bacterial access to underlying tissue (Mills et al., 2000). The hly gene is associated with upper UTIs such as pyelonephritis and also is able to lyses nucleated host cell, damage effectors' immune cells, induce the apoptosis of T lymphocytes, neutrophils and renal cells, and gain enhanced access to host nutrients and iron stores (Bien et al., 2012; Los et al., 2013). Clinical findings recommend that UPEC strains with afa adhesins have characters potentially favoring the occurrence of pyelonephritis, recurrent and chronic UTIs (Le Bouguénec 2005). "
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    • "The first step is colonisation of periurethral cells with uropathogenic bacteria, which is then followed by the passage of bacteria through the urethra. The second step is adherence of the bacteria biofilm to the bladder wall [5] . Therefore, the prevention of recurrent UTIs using a natural nonantimicrobial based approach is the most desirable. "
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