Adherence of B. mallei and B. pseudomallei strains to human respiratory epithelial cells. The effects of boaA and boaB mutations on the adherence of B. pseudomallei (Bp) DD503 and B. mallei (Bm) ATCC23344 to monolayers of A549 (panels A and D) and HEp2 (panels B and E) cells and cultures of NHBE (panels C and F) was measured in duplicate on at least 3 separate occasions. The results are expressed as the mean percentage (± standard error) of inoculated bacteria adhering to epithelial cells. Asterisks indicate that the difference between the adherence of the mutant and that of the parental strain is statistically significant (P < 0.05).
Balder et al. BMC Microbiology 2010 10:250 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-10-250