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Figure 6 | BMC Microbiology

Figure 6

From: Complete nucleotide sequence of pRS218, a large virulence plasmid, that augments pathogenic potential of meningitis-associated Escherichia coli strain RS218

Figure 6

Histopathological evaluation of brain tissue from rat pups. Five-day-old rat pups were infected by the IP route with wtRS218, RS218compl, RS218cured, E. coli DH5α or PBS. Pups that survived were euthanized 24 hrs post-infection, and the brains were excised, embedded in formalin, sectioned in paraffin, and stained with haematoxylin and eosin. A-F: meningitic lesions observed in pups infected with wtRS218 (A and B) or RS218compl (C, D, E, and F). Arrows indicate rod-shaped bacteria in meninges and brain tissue (black), neutrophilic infiltration/neutrophilia (blue), and cerebral edema (orange). G to I: normal histology of brain tissue from pups inoculated with RS218cured (G), PBS (H) or DH5α (I).

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