Comprehensive mapping of the cell response to E. coli infection in porcine intestinal epithelial cells pretreated with exopolysaccharide derived from Lactobacillus reuteri

Vet Res. 2020 Mar 31;51(1):49. doi: 10.1186/s13567-020-00773-1.


Bacterial exopolysaccharides (EPSs) are known to modulate immunity. To date, a plethora of studies have reported the effect of EPSs on intestinal cells; however few works have revealed a complete picture of the signalling events in intestinal epithelial cells induced by bacterial EPSs. Here, using transcriptomics, we comprehensively mapped the biological processes in porcine intestinal epithelial cells challenged with EPS derived from Lactobacillus reuteri alone, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) or ETEC after pretreatment with EPS. The Gene Ontology analysis of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) showed that ETEC is able to evoke biological processes specifically involved in cell junction reorganization, extracellular matrix degradation, and activation of the innate immune response through the activation of pattern recognition receptors, such as TLRs and CTRs. A total of 495 DEGs were induced in ETEC-challenged cells. On the other hand, EPS pretreatment was able to attenuate overexpression of the genes induced by ETEC infection. The most relevant finding of this study is that EPS has a suppressive effect on the inflammatory response evoked by ETEC infection. On the basis of high-throughput RNA-seq, this report is the first to describe the effects of EPSs derived from L. reuteri used as a pretreatment of global gene expression in porcine epithelial cells.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli / physiology*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / microbiology
  • Escherichia coli Infections / physiopathology
  • Escherichia coli Infections / veterinary*
  • Intestinal Mucosa / microbiology
  • Intestinal Mucosa / physiopathology*
  • Lactobacillus reuteri / physiology*
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial / administration & dosage*
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial / classification
  • Swine
  • Swine Diseases / microbiology
  • Swine Diseases / physiopathology*


  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial