Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) causes persistent infantile diarrhoea. This nontoxigenic E. coli exhibits a complicated pathogenic mechanism in which its outer membrane proteins and type III secretory proteins damage intestinal epithelium and cause diarrhoea. In accordance with this, our previous study using HEp-2 cells demonstrated cytopathic effects caused by cell-free outer membrane preparations of EPEC. In this study, we report the extrusion of actin-positive strands from HEp-2 and Int 407 cells when treated with outer membrane preparations. An interesting observation of this work, perhaps relevant to the characteristic localized three-dimensional colony formation of EPEC, is the attachment of a wild type EPEC strain to these actin-positive strands.