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Influence of the LcrH chaperone on type III secretion system regulation in Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
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Abstract [en]

Human pathogenic Yersiniae share a common virulence plasmid that encodes for the Ysc-Yop type III secretion system (T3SS). Control of yop expression involves several pathways in which their cross-talk is not completely understood. LcrF, an AraC-like transcriptional activator, is required for temperature-dependent yop-transcription. In contrast, a repressive effect of the T3S chaperone LcrH and the cognate translocator substrate YopD occurs through binding to yop mRNA and inhibiting translation; a process that is also thought to involve LcrQ. Several homologous members of the LcrH family of translocator-class of T3S chaperones can act as a cofactor to amplify the activity of transcriptional activators analogous to LcrF. However, we show here in Y. pseudotuberculosis that LcrH does not induce LcrF-dependent transcription of target genes. Moreover, a full length DlcrH null mutant in which YopB and YopD are rapidly degraded is totally de-repressed for Yop synthesis even though the anti-activator LcrQ is forced to accumulate in the cytoplasm through rendering the Ysc-Yop T3SS non-functional or ectopically producing LcrQ in trans. Typically, this mutant cannot grow at 37°C. Thus, in all respects, the DlcrH null mutant mirrors the regulatory defects established for Yersinia lacking the translocator and anti-activator YopD. On the other hand, Y. pseudotuberculosis producing the LcrHE30G point mutant that is defective for YscY chaperone binding exhibits a mild regulatory defect that permits some growth at 37°C, but is blind to the cytoplasmic accumulation of LcrQ. Critically however, this mutant still responds to repression caused by YopD accumulation, which is stably produced and efficiently secreted by this strain. Thus, our work with LcrHE30G indicates an additional regulatory function of this versatile T3S chaperone that is independent of the LcrF transcription factor and the YopD anti-activator.

 

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Microbiology in the medical area
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Microbiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61540OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-61540DiVA: diva2:570462
Available from: 2012-11-19 Created: 2012-11-19 Last updated: 2016-01-25
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1. YopD translocator function in Yersinia pseudotuberculosis type III secretion
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Abstract [en]

Type III secretion systems (T3SS) are a common feature of Gram-negative bacteria, allowing them to inject anti-host effectors into the interior of infected eukaryotic cells. By this mechanism, these virulence factors help the bacteria to modulate eukaryotic cell function in its favor and subvert host innate immunity. This promotes a less hostile environment in which infecting bacteria can colonize and cause disease.

In pathogenic Yersinia, a crucial protein in this process is YopD. YopD is a T3S substrate that, together with YopB, forms a translocon pore in the host cell membrane through which the Yop effectors may gain access to the target-cell cytosol. The assembly of the translocator pore in plasma membranes is considered a fundamental feature of all T3SSs. How the pore is formed, what determines the correct size and ultimately the stoichiometry between YopD YopB, is still unknown. Portions of YopD are also observed inside HeLa cells. Moreover, YopD functions together with its T3S chaperone, LcrH, to control Yops synthesis in the bacterial cytoplasm. The multifunctional YopD may influence all these processes by compartmentalizing activities into discrete modular domains along the protein length. Therefore, understanding how particular domains and/or residues within these regions coordinate multiple functions of the protein will provide a platform to improve our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms behind translocation through T3SSs.

Comprehensive site-directed mutagenesis of the YopD C-terminal amphipathic α-helix domain, pinpointed hydrophobic residues as important for YopD function. Some YopD variants were defective in self-assembly and in the ability to interact with the needle tip protein, LcrV, which were required to facilitate bacterial T3S activity. A similar mutagenesis approach was used to understand the role of the two predicted coiled-coils located at the N-terminal and C-terminal region of YopD. The predicted N-terminal element that occurs solely in the Yersinia YopD translocator family is essential for optimal T3SS and full disease progression. The predicted YopD C-terminal coiled-coil shapes a functional translocon inserted into host cell membranes. This translocon was seen to be a dynamic structure facilitating at least two roles during effectors delivery into cells; one to guarantee translocon pore insertion into target cell membranes and the other to promote targeted activity of internalized effector toxins.

In Yersinia expression of yop genes and secretion of the corresponding polypeptides is tightly regulated at a transcriptional and post-transcriptional level. If T3S chaperones of the translocator class are known to influence transcriptional output of T3SS genes in other bacteria, we show that in Yersinia the class II T3S chaperone LcrH has no such effect on the LcrF transcriptional activator activity. We also demonstrate that there are possibly additional yop-regulatory roles for the LcrH chaperone besides forming a stable complex with YopD to impose post-transcriptional silencing on Yops synthesis. This mechanism that relies upon an active T3SS, might act independently of both YopD and the regulatory element LcrQ.

In conclusion, this work has sought to delineate the encrypted functions of the YopD translocator that contribute to Yersinia T3SS-dependent pathogenesis. Contributions of the YopD cognate chaperone LcrH in yop regulatory control are also presented.  

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Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2012. 222 p.
Keyword
Y. pseudotuberculosis, T3SS, translocon, YopD, coiled-coil, effector delivery, regulation, virulence
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Microbiology
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61544 (URN)978-91-7459-483-6 (ISBN)
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2012-12-14, Major Groove, Biomedicinhuset, Byggnad 6L, Umeå University, Umeå, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2012-11-23 Created: 2012-11-19 Last updated: 2012-11-23Bibliographically approved

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