A cell culture assay to determine the virulence of Francisella tularensis was devised. Murine cell lines P388 and J774 were significantly more susceptible to F. tularensis Schu4 than the attenuated live vaccine strain. The ability of F. tularensis strains to cause cell death correlated with their virulence to mice. Use of this assay with infected cells separated from susceptible uninfected cells by a membrane with 0.1 μm pores, failed to demonstrate possible diffusible exotoxins produced by F. tularensis.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Letters in Applied Microbiology|
|Publication status||Published - Sept 1994|