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Do acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease-causing PirABVP toxins aggravate vibriosis?

  • Tran, Thi Ngoc Phuong
  • Kumar, Vikash
  • Bossier, Peter
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
DOI: 10.1080/22221751.2020.1811778
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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Gram-negative marine bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus is an important aquatic pathogen and has been demonstrated to be the causative agent of acute hepatopancreatic necrotic disease (AHPND) in shrimp aquaculture. The AHPND-causing V. parahaemolyticus strains contain a pVA1 plasmid encoding the binary PirAVP and PirBVP toxins, are the primary virulence factor that mediates AHPND and mortality in shrimp. Since PirABVP toxins are secreted extracellularly, one can hypothesize that PirABVP toxins would aggravate vibriosis in the aquatic environment. To address this, in vivo and in vitro experiments were conducted. Germ-free Artemia franciscana were co-challenged with PirABVP toxins and 10 Vibrio spp. The in vivo results showed that PirABVP toxin interact synergistically with MM30 (a quorum sensing AI-2 deficient mutant) and V. alginolyticus AQ13-91, aggravating vibriosis. However, co-challenge by PirABVP toxins and V. campbellii LMG21363, V. parahaemolyticus CAIM170, V. proteolyticus LMG10942, and V. anguillarum NB10 worked antagonistically, increasing the survival of Artemia larvae. The in vitro results showed that the addition of PirABVP toxins significantly modulated the production of the virulence factors of studied Vibrio spp. Yet these in vitro results did not help to explain the in vivo results. Hence it appears that PirABVP toxins can aggravate vibriosis. However, the dynamics of interaction is strain dependent.

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