Invasion inhibition and latex beads internalization assays. (A) Results of invasion inhibition asssays performed with A549 and U937 cells and increasing concentrations of Rv0679c HABPs. (B) Internalization of peptide-coated beads by A549 epithelial cells. Dark gray columns correspond to the percentage of internalized peptide beads. Peptide 30982 was used as control. White columns correspond to the percentage of uncoated beads internalized when the assay was carried out incubating cells first with the peptide and then with uncoated latex beads. Striped columns correspond to the percentage of internalized beads when cells were incubated only with uncoated beads. Inset: latex beads internalized by A549 cells observed with fluorescence microscopy. The results correspond to the average invasion percentage calculated for each treatment ± standard deviations. *p ≤ 0.05; **p ≤ 0.01, according to a two-tailed student t-test.
Cifuentes et al. BMC Microbiology 2010 10:109 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-10-109