Use of tetravalent galabiose for inhibition of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 infection in a mouse model

Roland J Pieters, Hans-Christian Slotved, Hanne Møller Mortensen, Lene Arler, Jukka Finne, Sauli Haataja, John AF Joosten, Hilbert M Branderhorst, Karen A Krogfelt

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Streptococcus suis is an important swine pathogen associated with a variety of infections such as meningitis, arthritis and septicemia. The bacterium is zoonotic and has been found to cause meningitis especially in humans occupationally exposed to infected pigs. Since adhesion is a prerequisite for colonization and subsequent infection, anti-adhesion treatment seems a natural alternative to traditional treatment with antibiotics. In order to optimize the inhibitory potency a multivalency approach was taken in the inhibitor design. A synthetic tetravalent galabiose compound was chosen which had previously shown promising anti-adhesion effects with S. suis in vitro. The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vivo effects of the compound using an infection peritonitis mouse model. As such S. suis serotype 2 infection and treatment were tested in vivo and the effects were compared to the effect of treatment with penicillin.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)702-718
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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