DAO 80:181-188 (2008)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao01933

Portal of entry for pathogenic Vibrio alginolyticus into large yellow croaker Pseudosciaena crocea, and characteristics of bacterial adhesion to mucus

Qiang Chen1, Qingpi Yan1,*, Kejuan Wang2, Zhixia Zhuang3, Xiaoru Wang3

1Fisheries College, Jimei University, Xiamen, Fujian 316021, PR China
2State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science and 3College of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian 316005, PR China
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ABSTRACT: The portal of entry for pathogenic Vibrio alginolyticus into large yellow croaker Pseudosciaena crocea is via the intestinal tract rather than gill or skin according to the kinetics of the bacterial adhesion to different mucus. The different effects on adhesion caused by proteolytic enzymes and heat treatment might be due to the different chemical compositions of mucus. Adhesion of V. alginolyticus to mucus depends on concerted action of bacterial surface structures such as cell-surface proteins, somatic antigens, flagella, etc. In addition, starvation and monosaccharides, especially fructose, inhibit the bacterial adhesion to the mucus. Knowledge of these adhesive characteristics should be very useful for designing more efficacious prophylactic strategies.


KEY WORDS: Vibrio alginolyticus · Adhesion · Pseudosciaena crocea · Mucus


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Cite this article as: Chen Q, Yan Q, Wang K, Zhuang Z, Wang X (2008) Portal of entry for pathogenic Vibrio alginolyticus into large yellow croaker Pseudosciaena crocea, and characteristics of bacterial adhesion to mucus. Dis Aquat Org 80:181-188. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao01933

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