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Structure of the C-terminal domain of the surface antigen SpaP from the caries pathogen Streptococcus mutans
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral Microbiology. (Karina Persson)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Cariology. (Karina Persson)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology. (Karina Persson)
2011 (English)In: Acta Crystallographica. Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications, ISSN 1744-3091, E-ISSN 1744-3091, Vol. 67, 23-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

SpaP is a 1500-residue adhesin expressed on the surface of the caries-implicated bacterium Streptococcus mutans. SpaP is a member of the antigen I/II (AgI/II) family of proteins expressed by oral streptococci. These surface proteins are crucial for the incorporation of streptococci into dental plaque. The structure of the C-terminal domain of SpaP (residues 1136-1489) was solved and refined to 2.2 Å resolution with six molecules in the asymmetric unit. Similar to a related AgI/II structure, SpaP is stabilized by isopeptide bonds between lysine and asparagine side chains.

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International Union of Crystallography , 2011. Vol. 67, 23-26 p.
Keyword [en]
adhesin, caries, protein crystallography
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dentistry
Research subject
Molecular Biology; Infectious Diseases; Odontology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40180DOI: 10.1107/S174430911004443XOAI: diva2:398145
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2011-02-18 Created: 2011-02-16 Last updated: 2013-08-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Structural and functional studies of streptococcal surface adhesins
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Structural and functional studies of streptococcal surface adhesins
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The oral cavity is home to an array of microorganisms that are associated with dental plaque. Some Gram-positive bacteria are common inhabitants of the oral cavity and in order to colonize such a unique environment adhesion becomes essential and is accomplish by adhesins expressed on the bacterial surface. Adhesins can interact with host molecules or with structures on the resident oral microbial flora. Members of the antigen I/II (AgI/II) protein family are commonly found on the surface of oral streptococci and have the unique feature that their putative adhesin domain is located in the centre of the primary sequence. Crystal structures representing parts of the C-terminal domains from two AgI/II members, SpaP from Streptococcus mutans and AspA from Streptococcus pyogenes, were determined to 2.2 and 1.8 Å resolution respectively. The structures are very similar and consist of two domains with DEv-IgG folds. The proteins are stabilized by intramolecular isopeptide bonds and tightly coordinated metal ions.

Another group of surface proteins is the microbial surface components recognizing adhesive matrix molecules (MSCRAMMs) that have their putative adhesin domain in the N-terminal, presented on a stalk formed by multiples of repeated C-terminal domains. Sgo0707 from Streptococcus gordonii is an example of this group of proteins and its N-terminal domain was determined to 2.1 Å resolution. The structure consists of two domains, N1 and N2, both of which adopt β-sandwiches. In the Sgo0707 structure no isopeptide bonds or metal ions were detected. A putative binding cleft is present in the N1 domain. Functional studies revealed collagen type-1 and keratinocytes as possible binding partners.

In order to further characterize the AgI/II protein AspA from S. pyogenes a long form of the protein, AspA-AVPC, was expressed and purified. During the purification process it was observed that the protein fragmented into two major parts. This process could be inhibited by the addition of 0.5 mM EDTA during protein purification.

In conclusion, these studies have resulted in adding to the knowledge of protein structures and function of streptococcal surface proteins.

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Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2013. 41 p.
Umeå University odontological dissertations, ISSN 0345-7532 ; 126
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Structural Biology
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-78920 (URN)978-7459-689-2 (ISBN)
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2013-09-12, Sal 9D, Tandläkarhögskolan 9 tr, Norrlands universitetssjukhus, Umeå, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-08-15 Created: 2013-07-25 Last updated: 2013-09-27Bibliographically approved

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