Short-Term Alcohol Abstinence Improves Antibacterial Defenses of Chronic Alcohol-Consuming Mice against Gut Bacteria–Associated Sepsis Caused by Enterococcus faecalis Oral Infection

Makiko Kobayashi, Akira Asai, Ichiaki Ito, Sumihiro Suzuki, Kazuhide Higuchi, Fujio Suzuki

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The effects of short-term alcohol abstinence on host antibacterial resistance against Enterococcus faecalis oral infection was investigated in chronic alcohol-consuming mice [mice with 0.1 g/day of 20% ethanol consumption for 12 or 16 weeks (CAC-mice)]. These mice were highly susceptible to the infection; however, after 7 days of alcohol abstinence (aaCAC-mice), their antibacterial resistances were completely restored to the normal mouse level. Normal mice inoculated with CAC-mouse hepatic macrophages were shown to be susceptible to the infection, whereas the same macrophage preparation from aaCAC-mice did not impair the antibacterial resistance of normal mice. aaCAC-mouse liver macrophages protected nonobese diabetic–severe combined immunodeficiency IL-2Rγnull mice exposed to E. faecalis, whereas those from CAC-mice did not. Monocyte-derived (MD) M2b macrophages were predominantly isolated from CAC-mouse livers, but these cells were not significantly isolated from aaCAC-mouse livers. Hepatic MD macrophages from aaCAC-mice switched to M1 macrophages in response to bacterial antigen, whereas the same macrophage preparation from CAC-mice did not. M1 Kupffer cells, M2a Kupffer cells, and MD M2b macrophages were shown to be not bactericidal, whereas E. faecalis was killed effectively by M1 macrophages derived from aaCAC-mouse hepatic MD macrophages. These results indicate that MD M2b macrophages predominantly distributed in the liver are responsible for the impaired resistance of CAC-mice to E. faecalis oral infection, and aaCAC-mice without MD M2b macrophages in the livers are resistant to the infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1998-2007
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2017


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