Demonstration of bacterial antigen in macrophages in experimental pyelonephritis

B. Iványi, T. Krenács, E. Dobó, J. Ormos

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The immunomorphological characteristics of interstitial macrophages with PAS-positive granules were studied in experimental Escherichia coli pyelonephritis in rats, using an anti-E. coli antibody. Immunohistochemical, immunoelectron microscopical, as well as light- and electron microscopical findings were compared at twelve time points between 2 days and 13 weeks after infection. Macrophages with PAS-positive granules were present in the inflammatory infiltrates from the 7th day. The granules were phagolysosomes, filled pre-dominantly with myelin figures. The myelin figures originated mainly from the constituents of the bacterial wall and reacted with the anti-E. coli antibody even 13 weeks after infection. The storage of bacterial residues with preserved antigenic structures for several weeks after infection indicates disturbed phagolysosomal elimination of the bacterial substances in the PAS-positive macrophages. In the formation of macrophages with PAS-positive granules, lysosomal overloading with large amounts of bacteria and cell debris is assumed, leading to consumption of the lysosomal enzymes, consequent incomplete breakdown and retention of the bacterial residues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalVirchows Archiv B Cell Pathology Including Molecular Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1990



  • E. coli pyelonephritis
  • Immunoelectron microscopy
  • Macrophages
  • Myelin figures
  • Phagolysosomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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