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Regulatory Interactions among adhesin gene systems of uropathogenic Escherichia coli
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). (Bernt Eric Uhlin)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). (Bernt Eric Uhlin)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). (Bernt Eric Uhlin)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
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2008 (English)In: Infection and Immunity, ISSN 0019-9567, E-ISSN 1098-5522, Vol. 76, no 2, 771-780 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Uropathogenic Escherichia coli strain J96 carries multiple determinants for fimbrial adhesins. The regulatory protein PapB of P fimbriae has previously been implicated in potential coregulatory events. The focB gene of the F1C fimbria determinant is highly homologous to papB; the translated sequences share 81% identity. In this study we investigated the role of PapB and FocB in regulation of the F1C fimbriae. By using gel mobility shift assays, we showed that FocB binds to sequences in both the pap and foc operons in a somewhat different manner than PapB. The results of both in vitro cross-linking and in vivo oligomerization tests indicated that FocB could function in an oligomeric fashion. Furthermore, our results suggest that PapB and FocB can form heterodimers and that these complexes can repress expression of the foc operon. The effect of FocB on expression of type 1 fimbriae was also tested. Taken together, the results that we present expand our knowledge about a regulatory network for different adhesin gene systems in uropathogenic E. coli and suggest a hierarchy for expression of the fimbrial adhesins.

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2008. Vol. 76, no 2, 771-780 p.
Keyword [en]
Uropathogenic E. coli, PapB, FocB, F1C, fimbriae, pili, cross-talk
Research subject
Molecular Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19587DOI: 10.1128/IAI.01010-07PubMedID: 18039830OAI: diva2:202063
Available from: 2009-03-06 Created: 2009-03-06 Last updated: 2012-12-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Molecular analysis of transcription factors in uropathogenic E. coli adhesin operons
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Molecular analysis of transcription factors in uropathogenic E. coli adhesin operons
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Molekylär analys av transkriptionsfaktorer i adhesin operon hos uropatogena E. coli
Abstract [en]

The main causative agent of human urinary tract infections is the uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) pathotype. It may cause disease due to its ability to express a number of bacterial virulence factors. Fimbrial adhesins are particularly important for the initial establishment of infection in the urinary tract. The fimbriae are hair-like structures protruding from the bacterial cell and by attaching to specific receptors in the urinary tract they mediate adherence to different cell types, allowing the bacteria to resist the shear forces from urine flow. The UPEC strains generally carry multiple determinants for fimbrial adhesins. Previous studies have indicated that there is a co-regulation between different fimbrial genes and one factor that has been implicated in this is the PapB protein, acting as a transcriptional regulator of P-fimbrial expression. The PapB protein can be regarded as the prototype of a family of fimbrial regulators that show high homology between different fimbrial operons. One homolog is FocB, regulator of F1C fimbriae. In this study, the role of the FocB protein in the regulation of F1C fimbriae as well as in the co-regulation with other fimbrial genes was investigated. It was observed that FocB binds to DNA, similarly to PapB, in an oligomeric fashion and that PapB and FocB can form hetero-oligomeric complexes, which appear to have a repressive role in the regulation of the F1C fimbriae. In addition, the FocB protein also had a repressive effect on transcription of the fim operon, which encodes theType 1 fimbriae. For further analysis of FocB in vitro, we developed efficient procedures for purification of the protein and established conditions for its crystal formation with the aim to conduct X-ray diffraction studies. By the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method, we obtained crystals that in the X-ray analysis diffracted sufficiently well to allow modelling of a high resolution structure of FocB. The structural model was considered in relation to the DNA binding properties of the protein. The FocB analysis represents the first structural model of this family of transcriptional factors. This model should aid in further understanding of the roles and functions of these proteins in the regulation of the UPEC fimbrial operons. The complexity of the system, with multiple factors involved in the regulation of fimbrial operons, was revealed in earlier studies of the PapI protein showing that PapI activates transcription of the pap operon as a part of a complex with the global regulator Lrp. However, PapI itself did not appear to bind to DNA and its mode of action has remained unclear. By genetic analyses and in vitro studies we show that PapI may interact also with the α subunit of the RNA polymerase. This finding indicates that PapI might directly interact with the transcriptional apparatus and thus aid in the activation of pap expression. Bacteria are frequently releasing outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) from their surface. We studied the release of the haemolysin toxin from E. coli in connection with formation of OMVs and found that the toxin was tightly associated with the vesicles in an active form. By overproduction of the PapB or PapI regulators in order to maximise the population of bacteria expressing fimbriae, we could detect P fimbriae proteins associated with OMVs that displayed specific adhesion to receptor-coated beads. This suggests a possible scenario in which the vesicles canfunction as directed vehicles of bacterial virulence factors.

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Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2009. 63 p.
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1304
UPEC, E. coli, F1C, P fimbriae, cross-talk, FocB, PapB, crystal structure, OMVs
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Microbiology in the medical area
Research subject
Molecular Biology
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-27757 (URN)978-91-7264-879-1 (ISBN)
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2009-12-16, Major Groove, Institutionen för Molekylärbiologi, Byggn. 6L, Norrlands Universitetssjukhus, Umeå, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2009-11-26 Created: 2009-11-19 Last updated: 2011-04-28Bibliographically approved

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