Natural products modulate Shigella–host-cell interaction

Dan Xu, Amir Saeed, Yili Wang, Veronique Seidel, Gunnar Sandstrome, Jun Yu

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This study focused on identifying possible new options derived from natural sources for the treatment of bacterial infections. Several natural products were investigated for their potential in modulating Shigella-host-cell interactions. The proliferation of Shigella sonnei was effectively inhibited inside HEp-2 cells in the presence of 4-methoxycinnamic acid and propolin D. Propolin D also significantly reduced the apoptosis of infected macrophage-like U937 cells and moderately reduced the secretion of interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18, which probably resulted from the inhibition of invasion plasmid antigen B secretion by this compound. Further characterization showed that propolin D did not prevent escape of Shigella from phagocytic vacuoles, as evidenced by actin-based motility and by the fact that addition of chloroquine did not further reduce the number of intracellular c.f.u. The role of propolin D in modulating autophagy could not be established under the experimental conditions used. As these compounds had no direct anti-Shigella activity in vitro, it was concluded that these compounds modulated Shigella-host-cell interactions by targeting yet-to-be defined mechanisms that provide benefits to host cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1626-1632
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Microbiology
Issue number11
Early online date30 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • natual products
  • shigella sonnei
  • host interation


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