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Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira

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Pesq. Vet. Bras. vol.39 no.8 Rio de Janeiro Aug. 2019  Epub Oct 14, 2019

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1678-5150-pvb-6031 

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Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli originated from chicken carcasses modulate their transcriptome to translate virulence genes in human cells

Campylobacter jejuni e Campylobacter coli originadas de carcaças de frango modulam seu transcriptoma para traduzir genes de virulência em células humanas

Roberta T. Melo2  * 
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8265-5163

Eliane P. Mendonça2 
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9754-4714

Edson C. Valadares Júnior2 

Guilherme P. Monteiro2 

Phelipe A.B.M. Peres2 

Daise A. Rossi2 

2 Laboratório de Epidemiologia Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU), Rua Ceará s/n, Bloco 2D, Sala 43, Bairro Umuarama, Uberlândia, MG 38402-018, Brazil. Fone: +55 34 3213-2319. E-mails: daise.rossi@ufu.br, eliane_vet@yahoo.com.br, edson2campos@hotmail.com, guil.paz@hotmail.com, lipe-peres1@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT:

The aim was to determine the spread of genetically similar profiles of Campylobacter in chicken carcasses and evaluate their ability to produce transcripts for ciaB, dnaJ, p19 and sodB genes, before and after cultivation in Caco-2 cells. The strains used were isolated from 420 samples of chicken carcasses chilled and frozen ready for marketing. The species were identified by PCR-multiplex, the phylogeny was determined by RAPD-PCR and the presence of transcripts was performed by RT-PCR. We identified 74 (17.6%) of Campylobacter strains, being 55 (74.3%) C. jejuni and 19 (25.7%) C. coli. The phylogenetic relationship demonstrated heterogeneity between isolates of the same species, with absence of clones, indicating the high level of diversity of circulating genotypes. The gene transcription showed conflicting results before and after the culture in Caco-2 cell, so that before cultivation isolates showed greater capacity to transcribe genes related to survival and after the interaction with human cells, the strains showed higher potential to transcribe genes associated with virulence. The result of this study contributes to the understanding of how these seemingly fragile microorganisms are the most prevalent bacterial agents in human gastroenteritis.

INDEX-TERMS: Campylobacter jejuni; Campylobacter coli; chicken; carcasses; transcriptome; virulence genes; human cells; campylobacteriosis; RT-PCR; gene; cells; virulence

RESUMO:

O objetivo foi determinar a disseminação de perfis geneticamente semelhantes de Campylobacter em carcaças de frango e avaliar sua capacidade de produzir transcritos para os genes ciaB, dnaJ, p19 e sodB, antes e após o cultivo em células Caco-2. As cepas utilizadas foram isoladas de 420 amostras de carcaças de frango resfriadas e congeladas prontas para comercialização. As espécies foram identificadas por PCR-multiplex, a filogenia foi determinada por RAPD-PCR e a presença de transcritos foi realizada por RT-PCR. Identificamos 74 (17,6%) das cepas de Campylobacter, sendo 55 (74,3%) C. jejuni e 19 (25,7%) C. coli. A relação filogenética demonstrou heterogeneidade entre isolados da mesma espécie, com ausência de clones, indicando o alto nível de diversidade dos genótipos circulantes. A transcrição gênica mostrou resultados conflitantes antes e após a cultura em células Caco-2, de modo que, antes do cultivo, os isolados apresentaram maior capacidade de transcrever genes relacionados à sobrevivência e após a interação com células humanas, as linhagens apresentaram maior potencial para transcrever genes associados à virulência. O resultado deste estudo contribui para a compreensão de como esses microrganismos aparentemente frágeis são os agentes bacterianos mais prevalentes na gastroenterite humana.

TERMOS DE INDEXAÇÃO: Campylobacter jejuni; Campylobacter coli; carcaças de frango; transcriptoma; genes de virulência; células humanas; campilobacteriose; RT-PCR; virulência

Introduction

Campylobacter spp. is the main zoonotic agent that causes gastroenteritis in developed countries (CDC 2013, WHO 2013, EFSA 2014). Campylobacteriosis has serious repercussions for public health and a significant socio-economic impact (EFSA 2013). The species most involved in diarrheal cases are Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli, being C. jejuni the most prevalent and more associated with autoimmune complications such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome (EFSA 2014).

Among the foods involved in Campylobacter transmission to humans, chicken meat and its derivatives are considered the main source (EFSA 2014). Data from the European Union countries and USA show contamination rate in chicken carcasses at high rates, ranging from 25 to 100% (CDC 2013, EFSA 2014).

Unlike other enterobacteria such as Salmonella and Shigella, this microorganism presents a series of signal transduction systems which may contribute to its adaptation to various stress conditions. These systems also help in gene expression related to virulence (Mourik 2011), as ciaB genes (intracellular invasion), dnaJ (thermotolerance), p19 (iron transport during stress) and sodB (defense to oxidative stress).

This study aimed to identify the positivity of Campylobacter sp. in chicken carcasses to determine the genetic proximity profiles of isolated and changes in the transcriptome of these agents when isolated from food and after passage in human intestinal cells (in vitro).

Materials and Methods

We performed 21 collections of chilled and frozen chicken carcasses in the period of June 2011 to February 2012. In each collection were sampled 20 carcasses produced and slaughtered in three Brazilian states (Distrito Federal, Goiás and Minas Gerais), totaling 420 samples. The chicken carcasses were from refrigerators under federal inspection whose products are marketed across the country and also exported to Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The processing of the samples was conducted at the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and at the Center of Electron Microscopy of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of “Universidade Federal de Uberlândia” (UFU). To perform all analyzes, it was used as positive control strains of Campylobacter jejuni ATCC 33291, C. coli ATCC 43478 and C. jejuni NCTC 11351, and milli-Q water in place of the sample as a negative control.

For isolation of Campylobacter spp., 420 chicken carcasses were subjected to rinsing process in 400mL of 0.1% of casein peptone (Difco®), as described by Zhao et al. (2010). A 30 mL portion of the product washings were pre-enriched in Bolton broth (Oxoid®) in double concentration and supplemented with antibiotics (Oxoid®) and 5% of defibrinated sheep blood (Laborclin®). The samples were incubated at 37°C for 44±4 hours in microaerophilic atmosphere. After this time, 100mL of each sample was inoculated on agar plates of m-CCDA (Campylobacter Blood-Free Selective Medium - Modified CCDA Preston) (Oxoid®) containing their antibiotic supplement (Oxoid®) and a membrane filter with porosity of 0,65μm (Millipore®) to reduce contamination. Then the plates were incubated at 37°C for 44±4 hours in microaerophilic atmosphere according to the instructions of ISO 10272-1 (ISO 2006).

The identification of C. jejuni and C. coli were verified by PCR-multiplex, with use of primers pg3 (5’GAACTTGAACCGATTTG3’)/pg50 (5’ATGGGATTTCGTATTAAC3’) and C1 (5’CAAATAAAGTTAGAGGTAGAATGT3’)/C4 (5’GGATAAGCACTAGCTAGCTGAT3’). DNA extraction was performed with DuPont™ PCR Reagent kit, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The primers, the PCR reagents concentrations and the amplification protocol were performed as Harmon et al. (1997).

After identifying, the strains were evaluated for the ability to produce transcripts. For this, RNA extraction was performed using the Trizol method as Li et al. (2008) with modifications. The isolates from each sample obtained from the four cropping agar plates of m-CCDA, were transferred to microcentrifuge tubes containing 2mL of NaCl solution 0.85% (Synth®). The mixture was centrifuged at 12,000G for ten minutes at 4°C. To the obtained pellets was added 1mL of Trizol (Invitrogen®) and homogenized by vortexing (Phoenix®). Thereafter, 200μL of chloroform was added (Isofar®) and repeated the procedure of vortex homogenization followed by centrifugation at 12,000G for 15 minutes at 4°C. The formed aqueous portion was transferred to a new microtube, to which 500μL of isopropanol was added (Sigma Aldrich®), homogenized and centrifuged again at 12,000G for 10 minutes at 4°C. At the pellet formed was added 1mL of ethanol 75% (Sigma Aldrich®) and after, homogenization and centrifugation at 7.500g at 4°C for 5 minutes, the obtained supernatant was discarded. The RNA pellets were dried at room temperature to be diluted in 20μL of DEPC water (Invitrogen®). The concentration of RNA used was 200ng/μL, quantified in a spectrophotometer device NanoDrop (Thermo Scientific®).

Reverse transcription was performed with 10U of RNase inhibitor, 40U of MMLV-RT (Amersham Biosciences®), 1X of MMLV-RT buffer (Amersham Biosciences®), 200μM of dNTPs (dGTP, dATP, dTTP and dCTP), 126pmol of random hexamer oligonucleotides as primers (Invitrogen), 20μL of DEPC water (Invitrogen®) and 1μL of RNA, all kept at 37°C for one hour to obtain complementary DNA (cDNA). Subsequently, 3μL of the cDNA was used for amplification in a reaction volume of 25μL, comprising: 0,625U of Taq DNA polymerase, 5mM MgCl2, 200μM of dNTPs and 4 pmoles of each primer (Table 1) (Invitrogen). The amplification and electrophoresis were performed as Birk et al. (2012).

Table 1. Primers used to verify the production of transcripts for ciaB, dnaJ, p19 and sodB genes by Campylobacter jejuni and C. coli before and after cultivation in Caco-2 cells 

Genes Sequence 5’→3’ Molecular weight (mw) Reference
ciaB ATATTTGCTAGCAGCGAAGAG 157 Li et al. (2008)
GATGTCCCACTTGTAAAGGTG
dnaJ AGTGTCGAGCTTAATATCCC 117 Li et al. (2008)
GGCGATGATCTTAACATACA
p19 GATGATGGTCCTCACTATGG 206 Birk et al. (2012)
CATTTTGGCGTGCCTGTGTA
sodB TATCAAAACTTCAAATGGGG 170 Birk et al. (2012)
TTTTCTAAAGATCCAAATTCT

The evaluation of gene transcription was also performed after culture in Caco-2 cells (human colon adenocarcinoma cells of the cell bank of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - BCRJ: CR069), to compare the change in behavior of the strains. Polarized Caco-2 cells grown in the bottles (BD Falcon™) were used to evaluation with 24 hours after inoculation (Pinto et al. 1983). For infection, an aliquot of 100mL of NaCl 0.85% solution containing 106 CFU of each strain was placed in a bottle (BD Falcon™) with approximately 80% of confluency, containing 5mL of DMEM (Invitrogen) pure. After incubation, the cells inside of the bottle (BD Falcon™) were scraped with a cell scraper aid (BD Falcon™) and the contents were transferred to microcentrifuge tubes of 2mL containing DMEM medium (Invitrogen). The samples were centrifuged at 12,000G (Cientec®) for ten minutes at 4°C. To the pellet was added 1mL of Trizol (Invitrogen®) and the remaining steps for the realization of the RNA extraction and RT-PCR, were performed as described previously.

The genetic diversity of strains was determined by RAPD-PCR (Random Amplification of Polymorphic DNA), according to Akopyanz et al. (1992), using the primers HLWL (5’ACGTATCTGC3’) and 1290 (5’GTGGATGCGA3’). Images of the gels were captured by transluminator (Loccus Biotechnology®) for further computational analysis in the program GelCompar II®. All formed bands were considered in the analysis and the similarity matrix was obtained using the Dice similarity coefficient. The final analysis was based on the average of the results obtained in both primers (average from experiments). It was used UPGMA (unweighted pair group method with arithmetic mean) for the construction of dendrograms (Madden et al. 2007).

The tests were performed in triplicate and the results were tabulated and submitted to descriptive statistics to calculate the percentages for Campylobacter occurrence and the species C. jejuni and C. coli. To analyze the production of transcripts in each species, at the time of isolation in food and after cultivation in Caco-2 cells was used the Fisher one tailed exact test, by GraphPad Software Inc.

Results and Discussion

Of 420 chickens’ carcasses investigated, 74 (17.6%) were positive for Campylobacter. Of these, 55/74 (74.3%) were identify by multiplex PCR as Campylobacter jejuni and 19/74 (25.7%) as C. coli.

Positivity was lower than that found in other studies, but the higher incidence of C. jejuni in this type of food agrees with the global data of the WHO (2013) and EFSA (2014). According to EFSA report (2014), overall, 23.6% of individual samples or in flocks were positive for Campylobacter in 15 member states of the European Union in 2012. A study carried out in Ireland in 2008 showed that from 394 chicken cooled carcasses that were studied, 98% were contaminated with C. jejuni (EFSA 2010). In Canada, the percentage was 33.7% (2146/6367) of positive samples in cooled chicken meat from 2003 to 2010 (Agunos et al. 2013). In Iran, was 63% and in Japan 45.8% (FAO 2009).

The analysis by RT-PCR showed the presence of transcripts in 62.0% (49/74) of the evaluated strains after isolation from carcasses, and before cultivation in Caco-2 cells. Of this total, 69.4% (34/49) treated up as genes transcribed by C. jejuni, and 30.6% (15/49) by C. coli. The studied genes showed different importance for virulence and adaptation processes of the strains to stress related to cold.

The potential pathogenic of Campylobacter can be identified by the presence of ciaB and dnaJ genes. The gene ciaB is essential to encode CiaB protein, which is important in the process of epithelial cell invasion (Poly & Guerry 2008) and also the invasion of intestinal mucosa (Ziprin et al. 2001). The dnaJ gene encodes a heat shock protein, which guarantees thermotolerance, and thus the micro-organism is able to overcome to the abrupt temperature variations (Stintzi 2003), facilitating their adaptation to the conditions of human intestine.

The p19 and sodB genes are associated with the cold adaptation mechanisms. The p19 gene encodes a periplasmic iron-dependent protein whose function is to transport iron (Palyada et al. 2004). The regulation of this protein indicates a way to control the level of intracellular iron during stress, a key element in the metabolic processes (Birk et al. 2012). The translation of SodB protein triggers a defense mechanism of the cell against oxidative stress resulting from the cold shock. In addition, this gene specifically protects the cellular components, including various cytoplasmic enzymes, DNA and membrane factors against damage caused by oxygen free radicals (Stintzi & Whitworth 2003).

In this study, in C. jejuni, the transcription of ciaB gene occurred in 54.5% (30/55) of the strains, dnaJ gene in 40.0% (22/55), p19 gene in 30.9% (17/55) and sodB gene in 25.4% (14/55). For C. coli species, the values found were 31.6% (6/19), 26.3% (5/19), 57.9% (11/19) and 68.4% (13/19), respectively, for the same genes (Table 2).

Table 2. Production of transcripts of the ciaB, dnaJ, p19 and sodB genes by 74 Campylobacter strains isolated from chicken carcasses before and after culturing in Caco-2 cells 

Gene transcription Beforeculture in Caco-2 cells Afterculture in Caco-2 cells
C. jejuni(N=55)
n (%)
C. coli (N=19)
n (%)
C. jejuni(N=55)
n (%)
C. coli (N=19)
n (%)
ciaB 30 (54,5)aA 6 (31,6)bC 36 (65,4)cA 8 (42,1)dC
dnaJ 22 (40,0)aA 5 (26,3)aC 42 (76,4)cB 10 (52,6)dD
p19 17 (30,9)aA 11(57,9)bC 7 (12,7)cB 2 (10,5)cD
sodB 14 (25,4)aA 13 (68,4)bC 0 (0)cB 3 (15,8)dD

N = number of evaluated strains, n = number of strains that transcribed, % = percentage of strains that transcribed, a,b = difference between species before passing through Caco-2 cells, c,d = difference between species after cultivation, A,B = difference in transcription by C. jejuni before and after cultivation in cells, C,D = difference in transcription by C. coli before and after the culture (one tailed Fisher Test - P<0.05).

These data shows that, although strains isolated from samples kept under the same conditions (low temperatures), the species showed different behavior. Transcription of genes associated with virulence (ciaB and dnaJ) was most evident in C. jejuni, with significant difference in ciaB (P=0.04). In other hand, in C. coli was observed that, statistically, had a greater production of transcripts for genes related to cold shock stress (p19 and sodB) (P<0.01).

Therefore, it can be inferred that even when subjected to injury conditions, C. jejuni showed pathogenic potential associated with the invasion process and expressed in lower percentages the adaptive mechanisms to survive. According to Mourik (2011) the gene transcription in Campylobacter is regulated to prevent the unnecessary production.

The virulent profile of C. jejuni was quoted by Thakur et al. (2010) and Melo et al. (2013), showed that the greatest potential of this species over the other in causing clinical cases in humans (81.1%) (EFSA 2014) is due to the properties of invasion, colonization and toxin production which are essential to elicit its pathogenesis.

In contrast, C. coli showed that its priority is to ensure the survival, through the consolidation of the P19 and SodB proteins. The expression of mechanisms of adaptation to low temperatures for C. coli allows the acquisition or the biosynthesis of cryoprotectant molecules, leading to changes in the lipid composition of the membrane ensuring the survival under these conditions (Stintzi & Whitworth 2003).

After cultivation in Caco-2 cells was observed that there was a change in the transcriptome of the strains. The transcription was observed in 90.5% (67/74) of the strains, whereas 82.1% (55/67) were produced by C. jejuni and 17.9% (12/67) by C. coli.

The transcripts’ production were found in all 55 studied strains of C. jejuni, to ciaB gene the occurrence was of 65.4% (36/55) of the strains, to dnaJ was 76.4% (42/55) and to p19 was 12.7% (7/55). There were no transcripts for sodB. To C. coli, the percentages were 42.1% (8/19), 52.6% (10/19), 10.5% (2/19) and 15.8% (3/19) for the same genes, respectively (Table 2).

The modulation of gene transcription in this moment (after inoculation in Caco-2 cells) proves the fact that these microorganisms have highly sensitive and specific mechanisms for rapid adaptation and change in their behavior (Mourik 2011).

Ma et al. (2009) evaluated the virulence expression associated with the genes cdtB, cadF and ciaB, when C. jejuni was submitted to nutritional stress. The cdtB transcription was observed only in the periods from 2 to 6 hours, while the expression of cadF and ciaB had been significantly reduced between 24 to 48 hours under nutritional stress. Distinctively, exposure to zinc oxide (ZnO), a food additive, did not significantly affect the transcription of cdtB, cadF and ciaB (Xie et al. 2011).

It was observed a tendency to increase transcription of virulence genes (ciaB and dnaJ) and decreased of cold adaptation genes (p19 and sodB) when both species were cultured in Caco-2 cells. However, the change was not significant for ciaB gene. By species’ comparison, it was observed that this behavior was more evident (P<0.05), with the exception of the p19 gene, which showed no significant difference. This confirms the higher pathogenic potential of C. jejuni and a lower necessity for expressing characteristics of thermal adaption when compared to C. coli. These study verifies further evidence that C. jejuni has greater advantage over C. coli in causing clinical cases in humans.

This was expected, since according to Konkel et al. (2004) a greater transcription of genes associated with invasion occurs when the strains are in contact with the host intestinal epithelial cells. The presence of CiaB proteins increases the disease’s severity with development of diarrhea symptoms 24 hours after contact, differently of strains with a lack of translation of these proteins that can carry this symptom only after three days of incubation (Konkel et al. 2001).

Moreover, the cultivation of the strains in higher temperature (37°C) and appropriate environment (5% of CO2) in the presence of nutrients and host cells that enable the development of pathogenesis may have contributed to the expression of ciaB and dnaJ genes.

It is important to emphasize that, although most studies give greater importance to C. jejuni pathogenic potential (Ma et al. 2009, Mourik 2011, Xie et al. 2011), it is essential to highlight merit also to C. coli (Di Giannatale et al. 2014) in the transcription of genes that enhance virulence-associated to the pathogenic potential when presented in a human host. The submission to the different conditions promoted variations in the transcriptome of these agents as a way to overcome the environment and adaptation to allow their survival and colonization.

The homology among isolates of both species not identified the presence of clones, but were detected clusters with genetic similarity greater than 80% and were classified as belonging to the same genotype (Fig.1 and 2).

Fig.1. Dendrogram of 55 Campylobacter jejuni isolates from cold and frozen chickens using the RAPD-PCR technique with primers 1290 and HLWL, using the average of experiments with a tolerance of 1.5% and UPGMA method with optimization of 80%, by the program GelCompar. 

Fig.2. Dendrogram of the 19 isolates of Campylobacter coli coming from chilled and frozen chickens, the RAPD-PCR with the primers 1290 and HLWL, using the average from experiments with a tolerance of 1.5% and UPGMA method with optimization of 80% by GelCompar program. 

Were identified 15 clusters in C. jejuni corresponding to A to O profiles and 18 distinct genotypes (Fig.1), which proves the high genetic diversity among 55 isolates. As for the place of isolation, it was found that the profiles D, E, J, K, L and O had strains originated from the same place, Minas Gerais. However, the most prevalent was the presence of strains’ clusters from chickens of different places, in groups A, B, C, F, G, H, I, M and N. This indicates that there is dissemination of different genotypes between three regions studied, and probably for other states in the country, besides the different nations that import these products.

The comparison on the day of collection of the samples indicates that the profiles B, C, G, J, K, M and O represents clusters of strains on the same day, and the groups J, K and O have isolated strains of the same flock. These three clusters infer the possibility of cross contamination in some stage of the production process, which promoted the presence of strains with high similarity in different chickens from the same flock. The other groups, A, D, E, F, H, I, L and N are composed of strains from different flocks, which suggest a possible neglection of biosecurity standards, which may have contributed to the persistence of the micro-organism along the production chain. This hypothesis can be sustained in the observation of cluster E, which has 84.8% of similarity, consisting of four strains from Minas Gerais chickens identified in September and November 2011 and in January and February 2012, confirming the persistence of genotype for at least six months.

As for genotypic characteristics related to gene transcription before and after cultivation in Caco-2 cells was observed homology to clusters B, D, E, G, I, L and O for the dnaJ gene and in clusters F, H and J to ciaB gene. Profiles A, C and N had in common the transcription of ciaB and dnaJ. The strains that form the K group obtained as standard the presence of transcripts for ciaB, dnaJ and p19.

The dendrogram analysis of 19 strains of C. coli allowed the detection of three clusters identified by the profiles A, B and C and 12 distinct genotypes (Fig.2). These results also show the high level of genetic diversity among the isolates of this species.

The profile A was composed of strains from different states (Distrito Federal and Minas Gerais) and different flocks. The presence of a subgroup with 95.4% of homology was detected in the cluster B, which is composed of strains originating from the same flock provided from state of Goiás, suggesting that there is horizontal transmission of this genotype strain of chickens during primary processing or production. The other strain differs from the others, since it is provided from Minas Gerais and was collected in different date. A different pattern was found in the cluster C, where both strains were isolated from Minas Gerais, but in separate flocks. It is possible that the permanence of this genotype between consecutive flocks is a result of not meeting the standards of biosecurity from one flock to another.

In genotypic level, the clusters A and C presented transcripts for sodB in common. And the B subgroup showed no profile for transcripts of all the genes studied.

The genetic diversity observed by RAPD-PCR in C. jejuni and C. coli was also reported by Aquino et al. (2010), Madden et al. (2007), Ridley et al. (2008) and Workman et al. (2008) in Campylobacter isolates from chickens, pigs and medical patients in Brazil, United Kingdom and Barbados. This genotypic variation may be due to over exposure to a source of contamination during the production process of chickens, or genetic changes in bacterial population after colonization (Workman et al. 2008). Furthermore, Campylobacter spp. has a natural ability to change and undergo genomic rearrangements, which may also explain the higher genetic diversity (Ridley et al. 2008). Other reasons include the contamination of samples with multiple strains and cross-contamination (Workman et al. 2008).

The persistence of strains with high percentage of phylogenetic similarity in different flocks was also reported by Petersen & Wedderkopp (2001) in chicken samples. The authors associated the problem of the lack of hygienic conditions and the presence of insects and rodents as indicative of the microorganism permanence in the production chain of chickens.

In this study, similar genealogical groups were found in the three regions studied, indicating a probable association of genotypes in different parts of the country. Evidence of highly similar strains circulating in the country and possibly in other countries may indicate that Campylobacter have the capacity to act in a widespread form, as a global transmission network in humans. This fact was also observed by Sheppard et al. (2010) who observed high similarity among isolates of the Netherlands, USA and Senegal, revealing the international diffusion of highly phylogenetically close lines.

Conclusions

The percentages of isolation found in chicken carcasses indicate the potential risks to the consumer, since these are strains that have withstood the processing of slaughter, in addition to cooling or subsequent freezing. This reinforces the need to implement more stringent control programs.

Changes in gene transcription observed as the growing conditions of the microorganism demonstrated the capacity of Campylobacter to modulate their virulence, by changing its transcriptome. This variation shows that the agent is able to adapt to a condition imposed on it, sometimes to ensure their survival as in stressful situations, and sometimes to express their pathogenic potential as observed in cell cultures of human origin, directly related to symptoms and the development of clinical disease.

The genotypic diversity observed revealed that there are probably several sources of of poultry infection and contamination of carcasses during the production process.

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Received: February 13, 2019; Accepted: March 31, 2019

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