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  • 301.
    Espaillat, Akbar
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Carrasco-Lopez, Cesar
    Bernardo-Garcia, Noelia
    Pietrosemoli, Natalia
    Otero, Lisandro H.
    Alvarez, Laura
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    de Pedro, Miguel A.
    Pazos, Florencio
    Davis, Brigid M.
    Waldor, Matthew K.
    Hermoso, Juan A.
    Cava, Felipe
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Structural basis for the broad specificity of a new family of amino-acid racemases2014In: Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography, ISSN 0907-4449, E-ISSN 1399-0047, Vol. 70, p. 79-90Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Broad-spectrum amino-acid racemases (Bsrs) enable bacteria to generate noncanonical D-amino acids, the roles of which in microbial physiology, including the modulation of cell-wall structure and the dissolution of biofilms, are just beginning to be appreciated. Here, extensive crystallographic, mutational, biochemical and bioinformatic studies were used to define the molecular features of the racemase BsrV that enable this enzyme to accommodate more diverse substrates than the related PLP-dependent alanine racemases. Conserved residues were identified that distinguish BsrV and a newly defined family of broad-spectrum racemases from alanine racemases, and these residues were found to be key mediators of the multispecificity of BrsV. Finally, the structural analysis of an additional Bsr that was identified in the bioinformatic analysis confirmed that the distinguishing features of BrsV are conserved among Bsr family members.

  • 302. Fabrik, Ivo
    et al.
    Härtlova, Anetta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Rehulka, Pavel
    Stulik, Jiri
    Serving the new masters: dendritic cells as hosts for stealth intracellular bacteria2013In: Cellular Microbiology, ISSN 1462-5814, E-ISSN 1462-5822, Vol. 15, no 9, p. 1473-1483Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 303.
    Fahlgren, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Westermark, Linda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Akopyan, Karen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Fällman, Maria
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Cell type-specific effects of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis virulence effectors2009In: Cellular Microbiology, ISSN 1462-5814, E-ISSN 1462-5822, Vol. 11, no 12, p. 1750-1767Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    One important feature of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis that enables resistance against the host immune defence is delivery of the antiphagocytic effectors YopH and YopE into phagocytic cells. The tyrosine phosphatase YopH influences integrin signalling, and YopE impairs cytoskeletal dynamics by inactivating Rho GTPases. Here, we report the impact of these effectors on internalization by dendritic cells (DCs), which internalize antigens to orchestrate host immune responses. We found that this pathogen resists internalization by DCs via YopE. YopH that is important for blocking phagocytosis by macrophages and neutrophils and which is also present inside the DCs does not contribute to the resistance. However, the YopH targets Fyb and p130Cas show higher expression levels in macrophages than in DCs. Furthermore, live cell microscopy revealed that the cells internalize Y. pseudotuberculosis in different ways: the macrophages utilize a locally restricted receptor-mediated zipper mechanism, whereas DCs utilize macropinocytosis involving constitutive ruffling that randomly catches bacteria into membrane folds. We conclude that YopH impacts early phagocytic signalling from the integrin receptor to which the bacterium binds and that this tight receptor-mediated stimulation is absent in DC macropinocytosis. Inactivation of cytoskeletal dynamics by YopE affects ruffling activity and hence also internalization. The different modes of internalization can be coupled to the major functions of these respective cell types: elimination by phagocytosis and antigen sampling.

  • 304.
    Farag, Salah
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Francis, Monika K.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Nadeem, Aftab
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Wai, Sun Nyunt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Francis, Matthew S
    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).
    Impact of Defective Translocon Assemblies on Hierarchal Yop Effector Translocation by Yersinia pseudotuberculosisManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 305.
    Farag, Salah I.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University.
    Biogenesis, function and regulation of the type III secretion translocon of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis2019Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Many Gram negative bacteria use type III secretion systems to cross-talk with eukaryotic cells. Type III secretion system assembly and function is tightly regulated. It initiates with assembly of a basal body-like structure, and is followed by a cytoplasmic-located substrate sorting and export platform that first engages with early substrates required for needle assembly. At the needle tip, a translocon is formed upon eukaryotic cell contact to allow the translocation of effector proteins to the host cell. The focus of this thesis is on understanding aspects of biogenesis, regulation and function of the translocon and its interaction with the host cell. Research questions are addressed in enteropathogenic Yersinia pseudotuberculosis model.

    Prioritising the secretion of translocon components before effector proteins is a task given partly to the InvE/MxiC/HrpJ family of proteins. In Yersinia, homology to this protein family is partitioned over two proteins; YopN and TyeA. Certain Yersinia strains naturally produce a single YopN/TyeA polypeptide hybrid. To understand the implications of hybrid formation towards type III secretion control, a series of mutants were engineered to produce only a single hybrid peptide. Using in vitro assays revealed no difference in substrate secretion profiles between parent and mutants. Moreover, no obvious prioritisation of secretion between translocator and effector substrates was observed. Although these in vitro studies indicate that the YopN-TyeA single polypeptide is fully functionally competent, these mutants were attenuated in the mouse infection model. Hence, natural production of YopN and TyeA as a single polypeptide alone is unlikely to confer a fitness advantage to the infecting bacteria and is unlikely to orchestrate hierarchal substrate secretion.

    The YopB and YopD translocon components form a pore in the host cell plasma membrane to deliver the effectors into the host cell. To better understand how YopD contributes to the biogenesis, function and regulation of the translocon pore, a series of mutants were constructed to disrupt two predicted α-helix motifs, one lying at the N-terminus and the other at the C-terminus. Based upon phenotypes associated with environmental control of Yop synthesis and secretion, effector translocation, evasion of phagocytosis, killing of immune cells and virulence in a mouse infection model, the mutants were grouped into three phenotypic classes. A particularly interesting mutant class maintained full T3SS function in vitro, but were attenuated for virulence in a murine oral-infection model. To better understand the molecular basis for these phenotypic differences, the effectiveness of RAW 264.7 cells to respond to infection by these mutants was scrutinised. Sixteen individual cytokines were profiled with mouse cytokine screen multiplex analysis. Signature cytokine profiles were observed that could again separate the different YopD mutants into distinct categories. The activation and supression of certain cytokines that function as central innate immune response modulators correlated well with the ability of mutant bacteria to modulate programmed cell death and antiphagocytosis pathways. Hence, the biogenesis of sub-optimal translocon pores alters host cell responsiveness and limits the ability of Yersinia to fortify against attack by both early and late arms of the host innate immune response.

    The amount of bacteria now resistant to multiple antibiotics is alarming. By providing insights into a common virulence process, this work may ultimately facilitate the design of novel broad-acting inhibitors of type III secretion, and thereby be useful to treat an array of bacterial infections.

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  • 306. Felgner, S
    et al.
    Frahm, M
    Kocijancic, D
    Rohde, M
    Eckweiler, D
    Bielecka, A
    Bueno, Emilio
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Cava, Felipe
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Abraham, WR
    Curtiss, R
    Häussler, S
    Erhardt, M
    Weiss, S
    aroA-Deficient Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium Is More Than a Metabolically Attenuated Mutant2016In: mBio, ISSN 2161-2129, E-ISSN 2150-7511, Vol. 7, no 5, article id e01220-16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recombinant attenuated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium strains are believed to act as powerful live vaccine carriers that are able to elicit protection against various pathogens. Auxotrophic mutations, such as a deletion of aroA, are commonly introduced into such bacteria for attenuation without incapacitating immunostimulation. In this study, we describe the surprising finding that deletion of aroA dramatically increased the virulence of attenuated Salmonella in mouse models. Mutant bacteria lacking aroA elicited increased levels of the proinflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) after systemic application. A detailed genetic and phenotypic characterization in combination with transcriptomic and metabolic profiling demonstrated that Delta aroA mutants display pleiotropic alterations in cellular physiology and lipid and amino acid metabolism, as well as increased sensitivity to penicillin, complement, and phagocytic uptake. In concert with other immunomodulating mutations, deletion of aroA affected flagellin phase variation and gene expression of the virulence-associated genes arnT and ansB. Finally, Delta aroA strains displayed significantly improved tumor therapeutic activity. These results highlight the importance of a functional shikimate pathway to control homeostatic bacterial physiology. They further highlight the great potential of Delta aroA-attenuated Salmonella for the development of vaccines and cancer therapies with important implications for host-pathogen interactions and translational medicine. 

    IMPORTANCE Recombinant attenuated bacterial vector systems based on genetically engineered Salmonella have been developed as highly potent vaccines. Due to the pathogenic properties of Salmonella, efficient attenuation is required for clinical applications. Since the hallmark study by Hoiseth and Stocker in 1981 (S. K. Hoiseth and B. A. D. Stocker, Nature 291:238-239, 1981, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/291238a0), the auxotrophic Delta aroA mutation has been generally considered safe and universally used to attenuate bacterial strains. Here, we are presenting the remarkable finding that a deletion of aroA leads to pronounced alterations of gene expression, metabolism, and cellular physiology, which resulted in increased immunogenicity, virulence, and adjuvant potential of Salmonella. These results suggest that the enhanced immunogenicity of aroA-deficient Salmonella strains might be advantageous for optimizing bacterial vaccine carriers and immunotherapy. Accordingly, we demonstrate a superior performance of Delta aroA Salmonella in bacterium-mediated tumor therapy. In addition, the present study highlights the importance of a functional shikimate pathway to sustain bacterial physiology and metabolism.

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  • 307.
    Filcek, Kimberly
    et al.
    University of Maryland, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis.
    Vielfort, Katarina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Muraleedharan, Samada
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Henriksson, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Valdivia, Raphael
    Duke University, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
    Bavoil, Patrik
    University of Maryland, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis.
    Sixt, Barbara Susanne
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University, Durham, United States of America.
    Insertional mutagenesis in the zoonotic pathogen Chlamydia caviae2019In: PLoS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 14, no 11, article id e0224324Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The ability to introduce targeted genetic modifications in microbial genomes has revolutionized our ability to study the role and mode of action of individual bacterial virulence factors. Although the fastidious lifestyle of obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens poses a technical challenge to such manipulations, the last decade has produced significant advances in our ability to conduct molecular genetic analysis in Chlamydia trachomatis, a major bacterial agent of infertility and blindness. Similar approaches have not been established for the closely related veterinary Chlamydia spp., which cause significant economic damage, as well as rare but potentially life-threatening infections in humans. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of conducting site-specific mutagenesis for disrupting virulence genes in Ccaviae, an agent of guinea pig inclusion conjunctivitis that was recently identified as a zoonotic agent in cases of severe community-acquired pneumonia. Using this approach, we generated Ccaviae mutants deficient for the secreted effector proteins IncA and SinC. We demonstrate that Ccaviae IncA plays a role in mediating fusion of the bacteria-containing vacuoles inhabited by Ccaviae. Moreover, using a chicken embryo infection model, we provide first evidence for a role of SinC in Ccaviae virulence in vivo.

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  • 308. Fineran, Peter C.
    et al.
    Charpentier, Emmanuelle
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Memory of viral infections by CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune systems: acquisition of new information2012In: Virology, ISSN 0042-6822, E-ISSN 1096-0341, Vol. 434, no 2, p. 202-209Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Multiple organisms face the threat of viral infections. To combat phage invasion, bacteria and archaea have evolved an adaptive mechanism of protection against exogenic mobile genetic elements, called CRISPR-Cas. In this defense strategy, phage infection is memorized via acquisition of a short invader sequence, called a spacer, into the CRISPR locus of the host genome. Upon repeated infection, the 'vaccinated' host expresses the spacer as a precursor RNA, which is processed into a mature CRISPR RNA (crRNA) that guides an endonuclease to the matching invader for its ultimate destruction. Recent efforts have uncovered molecular details underlying the crRNA biogenesis and interference steps. However, until recently the step of adaptation had remained largely uninvestigated. In this minireview, we focus on recent publications that have begun to reveal molecular insights into the adaptive step of CRISPR-Cas immunity, which is required for the development of the heritable memory of the host against viruses. 

  • 309. Flentie, Kelly
    et al.
    Harrison, Gregory A.
    Tükenmez, Hasan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Livny, Jonathan
    Good, James A. D.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Sarkar, Souvik
    Zhu, Dennis X.
    Kinsella, Rachel L.
    Weiss, Leslie A.
    Solomon, Samantha D.
    Schene, Miranda E.
    Hansen, Mette R.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Cairns, Andrew G.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Kulén, Martina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Wixe, Torbjörn
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Lindgren, Anders E. G.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Chorell, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110.
    Bengtsson, Christoffer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Krishnan, K. Syam
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Hultgren, Scott J.
    Larsson, Christer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Almqvist, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Stallings, Christina L.
    Chemical disarming of isoniazid resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis2019In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 116, no 21, p. 10510-10517Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) killed more people in 2017 than any other single infectious agent. This dangerous pathogen is able to withstand stresses imposed by the immune system and tolerate exposure to antibiotics, resulting in persistent infection. The global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic has been exacerbated by the emergence of mutant strains of Mtb that are resistant to frontline antibiotics. Thus, both phenotypic drug tolerance and genetic drug resistance are major obstacles to successful TB therapy. Using a chemical approach to identify compounds that block stress and drug tolerance, as opposed to traditional screens for compounds that kill Mtb, we identified a small molecule, C10, that blocks tolerance to oxidative stress, acid stress, and the frontline antibiotic isoniazid (INH). In addition, we found that C10 prevents the selection for INH-resistant mutants and restores INH sensitivity in otherwise INH-resistant Mtb strains harboring mutations in the katG gene, which encodes the enzyme that converts the prodrug INH to its active form. Through mechanistic studies, we discovered that C10 inhibits Mtb respiration, revealing a link between respiration homeostasis and INH sensitivity. Therefore, by using C10 to dissect Mtb persistence, we discovered that INH resistance is not absolute and can be reversed.

  • 310. Fleurie, Aurore
    et al.
    Zoued, Abdelrahim
    Alvarez, Laura
    Hines, Kelly M.
    Cava, Felipe
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Xu, Libin
    Davis, Brigid M.
    Waldor, Matthew K.
    A Vibrio cholerae BolA-Like Protein Is Required for Proper Cell Shape and Cell Envelope Integrity2019In: mBio, ISSN 2161-2129, E-ISSN 2150-7511, Vol. 10, no 4, article id e00790-19Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BolA family proteins are conserved in Gram-negative bacteria and many eukaryotes. While diverse cellular phenotypes have been linked to this protein family, the molecular pathways through which these proteins mediate their effects are not well described. Here, we investigated the roles of BolA family proteins in Vibrio cholerae, the cholera pathogen. Like Escherichia coli, V. cholerae encodes two BolA proteins, BolA and IbaG. However, in marked contrast to E. coli, where bolA is linked to cell shape and ibaG is not, in V. cholerae, bolA mutants lack morphological defects, whereas ibaG proved critical for the generation and/or maintenance of the pathogen's morphology. Notably, the bizarre-shaped, multipolar, elongated, and wide cells that predominated in exponential-phase Delta ibaG V. cholerae cultures were not observed in stationary-phase cultures. The V. cholerae Delta ibaG mutant exhibited increased sensitivity to cell envelope stressors, including cell wall-acting antibiotics and bile, and was defective in intestinal colonization. Delta ibaG V. cholerae had reduced peptidoglycan and lipid II and altered outer membrane lipids, likely contributing to the mutant's morphological defects and sensitivity to envelope stressors. Transposon insertion sequencing analysis of ibaG's genetic interactions suggested that ibaG is involved in several processes involved in the generation and homeostasis of the cell envelope. Furthermore, copurification studies revealed that IbaG interacts with proteins containing iron-sulfur clusters or involved in their assembly. Collectively, our findings suggest that V. cholerae IbaG controls cell morphology and cell envelope integrity through its role in biogenesis or trafficking of iron-sulfur cluster proteins. IMPORTANCE BolA-like proteins are conserved across prokaryotes and eukaryotes. These proteins have been linked to a variety of phenotypes, but the pathways and mechanisms through which they act have not been extensively characterized. Here, we unraveled the role of the BolA-like protein IbaG in the cholera pathogen Vibrio cholerae. The absence of IbaG was associated with dramatic changes in cell morphology, sensitivity to envelope stressors, and intestinal colonization defects. IbaG was found to be required for biogenesis of several components of the V. cholerae cell envelope and to interact with numerous iron-sulfur cluster-containing proteins and factors involved in their assembly. Thus, our findings suggest that IbaG governs V. cholerae cell shape and cell envelope homeostasis through its effects on iron-sulfur proteins and associated pathways. The diversity of processes involving ironsulfur-containing proteins is likely a factor underlying the range of phenotypes associated with BolA family proteins.

  • 311. Fleury, Christophe
    et al.
    Su, Yu-Ching
    Hallstroem, Teresia
    Sandblad, Linda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Zipfel, Peter F.
    Riesbeck, Kristian
    Identification of a Haemophilus influenzae Factor H-Binding Lipoprotein Involved in Serum Resistance2014In: Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0022-1767, E-ISSN 1550-6606, Vol. 192, no 12, p. 5913-5923Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Haemophilus influenzae is a Gram-negative human pathogen that resides in the upper respiratory tract. Encapsulated H. influenzae type b (Hib) and type f (Hif) are the most common serotypes associated with invasive disease. H. influenzae displays various strategies to circumvent the host innate immune response, including the bactericidal effect of the complement system. In this study, we identified an H. influenzae lipoprotein having the ability to bind factor H (FH), the major regulator of the alternative pathway of complement activation. This protein, named protein H (PH), was surface exposed and was found in all clinical Hib and Hif isolates tested. Deletion of the gene encoding for PH (lph) in Hib and Hif significantly reduced the interaction between bacteria and FH. When Hib and Hif PH variants were separately expressed in nontypeable ( unencapsulated) H. influenzae, which did not bind FH, an increased FH affinity was observed. We recombinantly expressed the two PH variants in Escherichia coli, and despite sharing only 56% identical amino acids, both FH-binding Haemophilus proteins similarly interacted with the complement regulator FH short consensus repeats 7 and 18-20. Importantly, Hib and Hif resistance against the bactericidal effect of human serum was significantly reduced when bacterial mutants devoid of PH were tested. In conclusion, we have characterized a hitherto unknown bacterial protein that is crucial for mediating an interaction between the human pathogen H. influenzae and FH. This novel interaction is important for H. influenzae resistance against complement activation and will consequently promote bacterial pathogenesis.

  • 312. Forns, Núria
    et al.
    Baños, Rosa C
    Balsalobre, Carlos
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Juárez, Antonio
    Madrid, Cristina
    Temperature-dependent conjugative transfer of R27: Role of chromosome- and plasmid-encoded Hha and H-NS proteins2005In: Journal of Bacteriology, ISSN 0021-9193, E-ISSN 1098-5530, Vol. 187, no 12, p. 3950-3959Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    IncHI plasmids encode multiple-antibiotic resistance in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi. These plasmids have been considered to play a relevant role in the persistence and reemergence of this microorganism. The IncHII plasmid R27, which can be considered the prototype of IncHI plasmids, is thermosensitive for transfer. Conjugation frequency is highest at low temperature (25 to 30 degrees C), decreasing when temperature increases. R27 codifies an H-NS-like protein (open reading frame 164 [ORF164]) and an Hha-like protein (ORF182). The H-NS and Hha proteins participate in the thermoregulation of gene expression in Escherichia coli. Here we investigated the hypothetical role of such proteins in thermoregulation of R27 conjugation. At a nonpermissive temperature (33 degrees C), transcription of several ORFs in both transfer region I (Tra1) and Tra2 from R27 is upregulated in cells depleted of Hha-like and H-NS-like proteins. Both chromosome- and plasmid-encoded Hha and H-NS proteins appear to potentially modulate R27 transfer. The function of R27-encoded Hha-like and H-NS proteins is not restricted to modulation of R27 transfer. Different mutant phenotypes associated with both chromosomal hha and hns mutations are compensated in cells harboring R27.

  • 313.
    Forsberg, Karin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Jonsson, P Andreas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Andersen, Peter M
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Neurology.
    Bergemalm, Daniel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Graffmo, Karin S
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Hultdin, Magnus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Jacobsson, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Neurology.
    Rosquist, Roland
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Marklund, Stefan L
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Brännström, Thomas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Novel antibodies reveal inclusions containing non-native SOD1 in sporadic ALS patients2010In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 5, no 7, p. e11552-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mutations in CuZn-superoxide dismutase (SOD1) cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and are found in 6% of ALS patients. Non-native and aggregation-prone forms of mutant SOD1s are thought to trigger the disease. Two sets of novel antibodies, raised in rabbits and chicken, against peptides spaced along the human SOD1 sequence, were by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and an immunocapture method shown to be specific for denatured SOD1. These were used to examine SOD1 in spinal cords of ALS patients lacking mutations in the enzyme. Small granular SOD1-immunoreactive inclusions were found in spinal motoneurons of all 37 sporadic and familial ALS patients studied, but only sparsely in 3 of 28 neurodegenerative and 2 of 19 non-neurological control patients. The granular inclusions were by confocal microscopy found to partly colocalize with markers for lysosomes but not with inclusions containing TAR DNA binding protein-43, ubiquitin or markers for endoplasmic reticulum, autophagosomes or mitochondria. Granular inclusions were also found in carriers of SOD1 mutations and in spinobulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) patients and they were the major type of inclusion detected in ALS patients homozygous for the wild type-like D90A mutation. The findings suggest that SOD1 may be involved in ALS pathogenesis in patients lacking mutations in the enzyme.

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  • 314.
    Forsgren, Stina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Mechanisms of lymphocyte selection in physiology and autoimmune pathology1991Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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  • 315.
    Forslund, Anna-Lena
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Forsberg, Åke
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Kuoppa, Kerstin
    FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency, Division of CBRN Defence and Security.
    Meibom, Karin L.
    Université Paris Descartes, Faculté de Médecine Necker-Enfants Malades; INSERM, U570, Unit of Pathogenesis of Systemic Infections.
    Alkhuder, Khaled
    Université Paris Descartes, Faculté de Médecine Necker-Enfants Malades; INSERM, U570, Unit of Pathogenesis of Systemic Infections.
    Dubail, Iharilalao
    Université Paris Descartes, Faculté de Médecine Necker-Enfants Malades; INSERM, U570, Unit of Pathogenesis of Systemic Infections.
    Dupuis, Marion
    Université Paris Descartes, Faculté de Médecine Necker-Enfants Malades; INSERM, U570, Unit of Pathogenesis of Systemic Infections.
    Charbit, Alain
    Université Paris Descartes, Faculté de Médecine Necker-Enfants Malades; INSERM, U570, Unit of Pathogenesis of Systemic Infections.
    Hfq, a novel pleiotropic regulator of virulence-associated genes in Francisella tularensis2009In: Infection and Immunity, ISSN 0019-9567, E-ISSN 1098-5522, Vol. 77, no 5, p. 1866-80Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Francisella tularensis is a highly infectious pathogen that infects animals and humans, causing tularemia. The ability to replicate within macrophages is central for virulence and relies on expression of genes located in the Francisella pathogenicity island (FPI), as well as expression of other genes. Regulation of FPI-encoded virulence gene expression in F. tularensis involves at least four regulatory proteins and is not fully understood. Here we studied the RNA-binding protein Hfq in F. tularensis and particularly the role that it plays as a global regulator of gene expression in stress tolerance and pathogenesis. We demonstrate that Hfq promotes resistance to several cellular stresses (including osmotic and membrane stresses). Furthermore, we show that Hfq is important for the ability of the F. tularensis vaccine strain LVS to induce disease and persist in organs of infected mice. We also demonstrate that Hfq is important for stress tolerance and full virulence in a virulent clinical isolate of F. tularensis, FSC200. Finally, microarray analyses revealed that Hfq regulates expression of numerous genes, including genes located in the FPI. Strikingly, Hfq negatively regulates only one of two divergently expressed putative operons in the FPI, in contrast to the other known regulators, which regulate the entire FPI. Hfq thus appears to be a new pleiotropic regulator of virulence in F. tularensis, acting mostly as a repressor, in contrast to the other regulators identified so far. Moreover, the results obtained suggest a novel regulatory mechanism for a subset of FPI genes.

  • 316.
    Forslund, Anna-Lena
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Salomonsson, Emelie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Goloviov, Igor
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Bacteriology.
    Kuoppa, Kerstin
    FOI, Umeå (Swedish Defence Research Agency).
    Michell, Stephen
    Titball, Richard
    Oyston, Petra
    Noppa, Laila
    FOI, Umeå (Swedish Defence Research Agency).
    Sjöstedt, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Bacteriology.
    Forsberg, Åke
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    The type IV pilin, PilA, is required for full virulence of Francisella tularensis subspecies tularensisManuscript (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Background: All four Francisella tularensis subspecies possess gene clusters with potential to express type IV pili (Tfp). These clusters include putative pilin genes, as well as pilB, pilC and pilQ, required for secretion and assembly of Tfp. A hallmark of Tfp is the ability to retract the pilus upon surface contact, a property mediated by the ATPase PilT. Interestingly, out of the two major human pathogenic subspecies only the highly virulent type A strains have a functional pilT gene.

    Results: In a previous study, we were able to show that one pilin gene, pilA, was essential for virulence of a type B strain in a mouse infection model. In this work we have examined the role of several pilin genes in the virulence of the pathogenic type A strain SCHU S4. pilA, pilC, pilQ, and pilT were mutated by in-frame deletion mutagenesis. Interestingly, when mice were infected with a mixture of each mutant strain and the wild-type strain, the pilA, pilC and pilQ mutants were out-competed, while the pilT mutant was equally competitive as the wild-type.

    Conclusions: This suggests that expression and surface localisation of PilA contribute to virulence in the highly virulent type A strain, while PilT was dispensable for virulence in the mouse infection model.

  • 317.
    Forslund, Anna-Lena
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Salomonsson, Emelie Näslund
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Golovliov, Igor
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Bacteriology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Kuoppa, Kerstin
    Michell, Stephen
    Titball, Richard
    Oyston, Petra
    Noppa, Laila
    FOI.
    Sjöstedt, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Bacteriology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Forsberg, Åke
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). 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).
    The type IV pilin, PilA, is required for full virulence of Francisella tularensis subspecies tularensis2010In: BMC Microbiology, ISSN 1471-2180, E-ISSN 1471-2180, Vol. 10, p. 227-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This suggests that expression and surface localisation of PilA contribute to virulence in the highly virulent type A strain, while PilT was dispensable for virulence in the mouse infection model.

  • 318.
    Francis, Matthew S.
    et al.
    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 Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Aili, Margareta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Wiklund, Magda-Lena
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Wolf-Watz, Hans
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    A study of the YopD-LcrH interaction from Yersinia pseudotuberculosis reveals a role for hydrophobic residues within the amphipathic domain of YopD2000In: Molecular Microbiology, ISSN 0950-382X, E-ISSN 1365-2958, Vol. 38, no 1, p. 85-102Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The enteropathogen Yersinia pseudotuberculosis is a model system used to study the molecular mechanisms by which Gram-negative pathogens translocate effector proteins into target eukaryotic cells by a common type III secretion machine. Of the numerous proteins produced by Y. pseudotuberculosis that act in concert to establish an infection, YopD (Yersinia outer protein D) is a crucial component essential for yop regulation and Yop effector translocation. In this study, we describe the mechanisms by which YopD functions to control these processes. With the aid of the yeast two-hybrid system, we investigated the interaction between YopD and the cognate chaperone LcrH. We confirmed that non-secreted LcrH is necessary for YopD stabilization before secretion, presumably by forming a complex with YopD in the bacterial cytoplasm. At least in yeast, this complex depends upon the N-terminal domain and a C-terminal amphipathic alpha-helical domain of YopD. Introduction of amino acid substitutions within the hydrophobic side of the amphipathic alpha-helix abolished the YopD-LcrH interaction, indicating that hydrophobic, as opposed to electrostatic, forces of attraction are important for this process. Suppressor mutations isolated within LcrH could compensate for defects in the amphipathic domain of YopD to restore binding. Isolation of LcrH mutants unable to interact with wild-type YopD revealed no single domain responsible for YopD binding. The YopD and LcrH mutants generated in this study will be relevant tools for understanding YopD function during a Yersinia infection.

  • 319.
    Francis, Monika K.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB).
    Holst, Mikkel R.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB).
    Vidal-Quadras, Maite
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB).
    Henriksson, Sara
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Santarella-Mellwig, Rachel
    Sandblad, Linda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Lundmark, Richard
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB).
    Endocytic membrane turnover at the leading edge is driven by a transient interaction between Cdc42 and GRAF12015In: Journal of Cell Science, ISSN 0021-9533, E-ISSN 1477-9137, Vol. 128, no 22, p. 4183-4195Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Changes in cell morphology require coordination of plasma membrane turnover and cytoskeleton dynamics, processes that are regulated by Rho GTPases. Here, we describe how a direct interaction between the Rho GTPase Cdc42 and the GTPase activating protein (GAP) GRAF1, facilitate rapid cell surface turnover at the leading edge. Both Cdc42 and GRAF1 were required for fluid phase uptake and regulated the generation of transient GRAF1-coated endocytic carriers, distinct from clathrin coated vesicles. GRAF1 was found to transiently assemble at discrete Cdc42-enriched punctae at the plasma membrane resulting in a corresponding decrease in Cdc42 microdomain association. However, Cdc42 captured in its active state was, via a GAP domain mediated interaction, localised together with GRAF1 on accumulated internal structures derived from the cell surface. Correlative fluorescence and electron tomography microscopy revealed that these structures were clusters of small membrane carriers affected in their endosomal processing. We conclude that a transient interaction between Cdc42 and GRAF1 drives endocytic turnover and controls the transition essential for endosomal maturation of plasma membrane internalised by this mechanism.

  • 320. Franco, Irene
    et al.
    Helgadottir, Hafdis T.
    Moggio, Aldo
    Larsson, Malin
    Vrtačnik, Peter
    Johansson, Anna
    Norgren, Nina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Lundin, Pär
    Mas-Ponte, David
    Nordström, Johan
    Lundgren, Torbjörn
    Stenvinkel, Peter
    Wennberg, Lars
    Supek, Fran
    Eriksson, Maria
    Whole genome DNA sequencing provides an atlas of somatic mutagenesis in healthy human cells and identifies a tumor-prone cell type2019In: Genome Biology, ISSN 1465-6906, E-ISSN 1474-760X, Vol. 20, no 1, article id 285Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The lifelong accumulation of somatic mutations underlies age-related phenotypes and cancer. Mutagenic forces are thought to shape the genome of aging cells in a tissue-specific way. Whole genome analyses of somatic mutation patterns, based on both types and genomic distribution of variants, can shed light on specific processes active in different human tissues and their effect on the transition to cancer.

    Results: To analyze somatic mutation patterns, we compile a comprehensive genetic atlas of somatic mutations in healthy human cells. High-confidence variants are obtained from newly generated and publicly available whole genome DNA sequencing data from single non-cancer cells, clonally expanded in vitro. To enable a well-controlled comparison of different cell types, we obtain single genome data (92% mean coverage) from multi-organ biopsies from the same donors. These data show multiple cell types that are protected from mutagens and display a stereotyped mutation profile, despite their origin from different tissues. Conversely, the same tissue harbors cells with distinct mutation profiles associated to different differentiation states. Analyses of mutation rate in the coding and non-coding portions of the genome identify a cell type bearing a unique mutation pattern characterized by mutation enrichment in active chromatin, regulatory, and transcribed regions.

    Conclusions: Our analysis of normal cells from healthy donors identifies a somatic mutation landscape that enhances the risk of tumor transformation in a specific cell population from the kidney proximal tubule. This unique pattern is characterized by high rate of mutation accumulation during adult life and specific targeting of expressed genes and regulatory regions.

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  • 321. Fransson, Susanne
    et al.
    Hansson, Magnus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology. Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Dept Pathol, SE-40530 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Ruuth, Kristina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Djos, Anna
    Berbegall, Ana
    Javanmardi, Niloufar
    Abrahamsson, Jonas
    Palmer, Ruth H.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Dept Med Chem & Cell Biol, SE-40530 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Noguera, Rosa
    Hallberg, Bengt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Dept Med Chem & Cell Biol, SE-40530 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Kogner, Per
    Martinsson, Tommy
    Intragenic Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) Rearrangements: Translocations as a Novel Mechanism of ALK Activation in Neuroblastoma Tumors2015In: Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer, ISSN 1045-2257, E-ISSN 1098-2264, Vol. 54, no 2, p. 99-109Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) has been demonstrated to be deregulated in sporadic as well as in familiar cases of neuroblastoma (NB). Whereas ALK-fusion proteins are common in lymphoma and lung cancer, there are few reports of ALK rearrangements in NB indicating that ALK mainly exerts its oncogenic capacity via activating mutations and/or overexpression in this tumor type. In this study, 332 NB tumors and 13 cell lines were screened by high resolution single nucleotide polymorphism microarray. Gain of 2p was detected in 23% (60/332) of primary tumors and 46% (6/13) of cell lines, while breakpoints at the ALK locus were detected in four primary tumors and two cell lines. These were further analyzed by next generation sequencing and a targeted enrichment approach. Samples with both ALK and MYCN amplification displayed complex genomic rearrangements with multiple breakpoints within the amplicon. None of the translocations characterized in primary NB tumors are likely to result in a chimeric protein. However, immunohistochemical analysis reveals high levels of phosphorylated ALK in these samples despite lack of initial exons, possibly due to alternative transcription initiation sites. Both ALK proteins predicted to arise from such alterations and from the abnormal ALK exon 4-11 deletion observed in the CLB-BAR cell line show strong activation of downstream targets STAT3 and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) when expressed in PC12 cells. Taken together, our data indicate a novel, although rare, mechanism of ALK activation with implications for NB tumorigenesis. 

  • 322. Fredholm, Simon
    et al.
    Willerslev-Olsen, Andreas
    Met, Özcan
    Kubat, Linda
    Gluud, Maria
    Mathiasen, Sarah L.
    Friese, Christina
    Blümel, Edda
    Petersen, David L.
    Hu, Tengpeng
    Nastasi, Claudia
    Lindahl, Lise M.
    Buus, Terkild B.
    Krejsgaard, Thorbjørn
    Wasik, Mariusz A.
    Kopp, Katharina L.
    Koralov, Sergei B.
    Persson, Jenny L.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Division of Experimental Cancer Research, Department of Translational Medicine, Lund University, Clinical Research Centre, Malmö, Sweden.
    Bonefeld, Charlotte M.
    Geisler, Carsten
    Woetmann, Anders
    Iversen, Lars
    Becker, Jürgen C.
    Odum, Niels
    SATB1 in Malignant T Cells2018In: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, ISSN 0022-202X, E-ISSN 1523-1747, Vol. 138, no 8, p. 1805-1815Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Deficient expression of SATB1 hampers thymocyte development and results in inept T-cell lineages. Recent data implicate dysregulated SATB1 expression in the pathogenesis of mycosis fungoides, the most frequent variant of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Here, we report on a disease stage-associated decrease of SATB1 expression and an inverse expression of STAT5 and SATB1 in situ. STAT5 inhibited SATB1 expression through induction of microRNA-155. Decreased SATB1 expression triggered enhanced expression of IL-5 and IL-9 (but not IL-6 and IL-32), whereas increased SATB1 expression had the opposite effect, indicating that the microRNA-155 target SATB1 is a repressor of IL-5 and IL-9 in malignant T cells. In accordance, inhibition of STAT5 and its upstream activator JAK3 triggered increased SATB1 expression and a concomitant suppression of IL-5 and IL-9 expression in malignant T cells. In conclusion, we provide a mechanistic link between the proto-oncogenic JAK3/STAT5/microRNA-155 pathway, SATB1, and cytokines linked to CTCL severity and progression, indicating that SATB1 dysregulation is involved in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma pathogenesis.

  • 323. Fuchino, Katsuya
    et al.
    Bagchi, Sonchita
    Cantlay, Stuart
    Sandblad, Linda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Wu, Di
    Bergman, Jessica
    Kamali-Moghaddam, Masood
    Flardh, Klas
    Ausmees, Nora
    Dynamic gradients of an intermediate filament-like cytoskeleton are recruited by a polarity landmark during apical growth2013In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 110, no 21, p. E1889-E1897Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Intermediate filament (IF)-like cytoskeleton emerges as a versatile tool for cellular organization in all kingdoms of life, underscoring the importance of mechanistically understanding its diverse manifestations. We showed previously that, in Streptomyces (a bacterium with a mycelial lifestyle similar to that of filamentous fungi, including extreme cell and growth polarity), the IF protein FilP confers rigidity to the hyphae by an unknown mechanism. Here, we provide a possible explanation for the IF-like function of FilP by demonstrating its ability to self-assemble into a cis-interconnected regular network in vitro and its localization into structures consistent with a cytoskeletal network in vivo. Furthermore, we reveal that a spatially restricted interaction between FilP and DivIVA, the main component of the Streptomyces polarisome complex, leads to formation of apical gradients of FilP in hyphae undergoing active tip extension. We propose that the coupling between the mechanism driving polar growth and the assembly of an IF cytoskeleton provides each new hypha with an additional stress-bearing structure at its tip, where the nascent cell wall is inevitably more flexible and compliant while it is being assembled and matured. Our data suggest that recruitment of cytoskeleton around a cell polarity landmark is a broadly conserved strategy in tip-growing cells.

  • 324. Fuhrmann, Jakob
    et al.
    Schmidt, Andreas
    Spiess, Silvia
    Lehner, Anita
    Turgay, Kürsad
    Mechtler, Karl
    Charpentier, Emmanuelle
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Clausen, Tim
    McsB is a protein arginine kinase that phosphorylates and inhibits the heat-shock regulator CtsR2009In: Science, ISSN 0036-8075, E-ISSN 1095-9203, Vol. 324, no 5932, p. 1323-1327Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    All living organisms face a variety of environmental stresses that cause the misfolding and aggregation of proteins. To eliminate damaged proteins, cells developed highly efficient stress response and protein quality control systems. We performed a biochemical and structural analysis of the bacterial CtsR/McsB stress response. The crystal structure of the CtsR repressor, in complex with DNA, pinpointed key residues important for high-affinity binding to the promoter regions of heat-shock genes. Moreover, biochemical characterization of McsB revealed that McsB specifically phosphorylates arginine residues in the DNA binding domain of CtsR, thereby impairing its function as a repressor of stress response genes. Identification of the CtsR/McsB arginine phospho-switch expands the repertoire of possible protein modifications involved in prokaryotic and eukaryotic transcriptional regulation.

  • 325. Fulton, Joel
    et al.
    Mazumder, Bismoy
    Whitchurch, Jonathan B.
    Monteiro, Cintia J.
    Collins, Hilary M.
    Chan, Chun M.
    Clemente, Maria P.
    Hernandez-Quiles, Miguel
    Stewart, Elizabeth A.
    Amoaku, Winfried M.
    Moran, Paula M.
    Mongan, Nigel P.
    Persson, Jenny L.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Division of Experimental Cancer Research, Department of Translational Medicine, Lund University, Clinical Research Centre, Malmö, Sweden.
    Ali, Simak
    Heery, David M.
    Heterodimers of photoreceptor-specific nuclear receptor (PNR/NR2E3) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR gamma) are disrupted by retinal disease-associated mutations2017In: Cell Death and Disease, ISSN 2041-4889, E-ISSN 2041-4889, Vol. 8, article id e2677Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Photoreceptor-specific nuclear receptor (PNR/NR2E3) and Tailless homolog (TLX/NR2E1) are human orthologs of the NR2E group, a subgroup of phylogenetically related members of the nuclear receptor (NR) superfamily of transcription factors. We assessed the ability of these NRs to form heterodimers with other members of the human NRs representing all major subgroups. The TLX ligand-binding domain (LBD) did not appear to form homodimers or interact directly with any other NR tested. The PNR LBD was able to form homodimers, but also exhibited robust interactions with the LBDs of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR gamma)/NR1C3 and thyroid hormone receptor b (TRb) TR beta/NR1A2. The binding of PNR to PPAR. was specific for this paralog, as no interaction was observed with the LBDs of PPAR alpha/NR1C1 or PPAR delta/NR1C2. In support of these findings, PPAR. and PNR were found to be co-expressed in human retinal tissue extracts and could be co-immunoprecipitated as a native complex. Selected sequence variants in the PNR LBD associated with human retinopathies, or a mutation in the dimerization region of PPAR. LBD associated with familial partial lipodystrophy type 3, were found to disrupt PNR/PPAR gamma complex formation. Wild-type PNR, but not a PNR309G mutant, was able to repress PPAR gamma-mediated transcription in reporter assays. In summary, our results reveal novel heterodimer interactions in the NR superfamily, suggesting previously unknown functional interactions of PNR with PPAR. and TR beta that have potential importance in retinal development and disease.

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  • 326.
    Fällman, Erik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Andersson, Magnus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Schedin, Staffan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Jass, Jana
    Uhlin, Bernt Eric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Axner, Ove
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Dynamic properties of bacterial pili measured by optical tweezers2004In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering vol. 5514: Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation, 2004, p. 763-773Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 327.
    Fällman, Erik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Schedin, Staffan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Jass, Jana
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Andersson, Magnus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Uhlin, Bernt Eric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Axner, Ove
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Optical tweezers based force measurement system for quantitating binding interactions: system design and application for the study of bacterial adhesion2004In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 19, no 11, p. 1429-1437Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An optical force measurement system for quantitating forces in the pN range between micrometer-sized objects has been developed. The system was based upon optical tweezers in combination with a sensitive position detection system and constructed around an inverted microscope. A trapped particle in the focus of the high numerical aperture microscope-objective behaves like an omnidirectional mechanical spring in response to an external force. The particle’s displacement from the equilibrium position is therefore a direct measure of the exerted force. A weak probe laser beam, focused directly below the trapping focus, was used for position detection of the trapped particle (a polystyrene bead). The bead and the condenser focus the light to a distinct spot in the far field, monitored by a position sensitive detector. Various calibration procedures were implemented in order to provide absolute force measurements. The system has been used to measure the binding forces between Escherichia coli bacterial adhesins and galabiose-functionalized beads

  • 328.
    Fällman, Erik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Schedin, Staffan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Jass, Jana
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The Lawson Health Research Institute, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
    Uhlin, Bernt Eric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Axner, Ove
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    The unfolding of the P pili quaternary structure by stretching is reversible, not plastic2005In: EMBO Reports, ISSN 1469-221X, E-ISSN 1469-3178, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 52-56Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    P pili are protein filaments expressed by uropathogenic Escherichia coli that mediate binding to glycolipids on epithelial cell surfaces, which is a prerequisite for bacterial infection. When a bacterium, attached to a cell surface, is exposed to external forces, the pili, which are composed of ∼103PapA protein subunits arranged in a helical conformation, can elongate by unfolding to a linear conformation. This property is considered important for the ability of a bacterium to withstand shear forces caused by urine flow. It has hitherto been assumed that this elongation is plastic, thus constituting a permanent conformational deformation. We demonstrate, using optical tweezers, that this is not the case; the unfolding of the helical structure to a linear conformation is fully reversible. It is surmised that this reversibility helps the bacteria regain close contact to the host cells after exposure to significant shear forces, which is believed to facilitate their colonization.

  • 329.
    Fällman, Maria
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Deleuil, Fabienne
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    McGee, Karen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Resistance to phagocytosis by Yersinia2002In: International Journal of Medical Microbiology, ISSN 1438-4221, E-ISSN 1618-0607, Vol. 291, no 6-7, p. 501-509Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Enteropathogenic species of the genus Yersinia penetrate the intestinal epithelium and then spread to the lymphatic system, where they proliferate extracellularly. At this location, most other bacteria are effectively ingested and destroyed by the resident phagocytes. Yersinia, on the other hand binds to receptors on the external surface of phagocytes, and from this location it blocks the capacity of these cells to exert their phagocytic function via different receptors. The mechanism behind the resistance to phagocytosis involves the essential virulence factor YopH, a protein tyrosine phosphatase that is translocated into interacting target cells via a type III secretion machinery. YopH disrupts peripheral focal complexes of host cells, seen as a rounding up of infected cells. The focal complex proteins that are dephosphorylated by YopH are focal adhesion kinase and Crk-associated substrate, the latter of which is a common substrate in both professional and non-professional phagocytes. In macrophages additional substrates have been found, the Fyn-binding/SLP-76-associated protein and SKAP-HOM. Phagocytosis is a rapid process that is activated when the bacterium interacts with the phagocyte. Consequently, the effect exerted by a microbe to block this process has to be rapid and precise. This review deals with the mechanisms involved in impeding uptake as well as with the role of the YopH substrates and focal complex structures in normal cell function.

  • 330.
    Fällman, Maria
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Gustavsson, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Cellular mechanisms of bacterial internalization counteracted by Yersinia2005In: International Review of Cytology: a survey of cell biology / [ed] Kwang W. Jeon, Elsevier, 2005, Vol. 246, p. 135-188Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Upon host-cell contact, human pathogenic Yersinia species inject Yop virulence effectors into the host through a Type III secretion-and-translocation system. These virulence effectors cause a block in phagocytosis (YopE, YopT, YpkA, and YopH) and suppression of inflammatory mediators (YopJ). The Yops that block phagocytosis either interfere with the host cell actin regulation of Rho GTPases (YopE, YopT, and YpkA) or specifically and rapidly inactivate host proteins involved in signaling from the receptor to actin (YopH). The block in uptake has been shown to be activated following binding to Fc, Complement, and beta1-integrin receptors in virtually any kind of host cell. Thus, the use of Yersinia as a model system to study Yersinia-host cell interactions provides a good tool to explore signaling pathways involved in phagocytosis.

  • 331.
    Fällman, Maria
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Gustavsson, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Yersinia inhibition of phagocytosis2006In: Phagocytosis of bacteria and Bacterial Pathogenicity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, p. 181-218Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 332.
    Fällman, Maria
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Persson, Cathrine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Schesser, K.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Wolf-Watz, Hans
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Bidirectional signaling between Yersinia and its target cell1998In: Folia microbiologica (Prague), ISSN 0015-5632, E-ISSN 1874-9356, Vol. 43, no 3, p. 263-273Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Preventing the early host immune defense allows pathogenic Yersinia to proliferate in lymphatic tissue. This ability depends on signaling that occurs between the bacteria and the host cells. Following intimate contact with the target cell a signal is generated within the bacterium that results in increased expression of virulence-associated proteins that are subsequently delivered into the infected cell. These proteins, designated Yops, interfere with the host-cell signaling pathways that are normally activated to eliminate infectious agents.

  • 333.
    Fällman, Maria
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Persson, Cathrine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Wolf-Watz, Hans
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Yersinia proteins that target host cell signaling pathways1997In: Journal of Clinical Investigation, ISSN 0021-9738, E-ISSN 1558-8238, Vol. 99, no 6, p. 1153-1157Article, review/survey (Refereed)
  • 334.
    Gaca, Anthony O.
    et al.
    Rochester, New York, USA .
    Kudrin, Pavel
    University of Tartu, Institute of Technology, Tartu, Estonia.
    Colomer-Winter, Cristina
    Rochester, New York, USA .
    Beljantseva, Jelena
    University of Tartu, Institute of Technology, Tartu, Estonia.
    Liu, Kuanqing
    Madison, Wisconsin, USA .
    Anderson, Brent
    Madison, Wisconsin, USA .
    Wang, Jue D.
    Madison, Wisconsin, USA .
    Rejman, Dominik
    Prague, Czech Republic.
    Potrykus, Katarzyna
    Gdańsk, Poland; Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
    Cashel, Michael
    Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
    Hauryliuk, Vasili
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). University of Tartu, Institute of Technology, Tartu, Estonia.
    Lemos, Jose A.
    Rochester, New York, USA .
    From (p)ppGpp to (pp)pGpp: characterization of Regulatory Effects of pGpp Synthesized by the Small Alarmone Synthetase of Enterococcus faecalis2015In: Journal of Bacteriology, ISSN 0021-9193, E-ISSN 1098-5530, Vol. 197, no 18, p. 2908-2919Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The bacterial stringent response (SR) is a conserved stress tolerance mechanism that orchestrates physiological alterations to enhance cell survival. This response is mediated by the intracellular accumulation of the alarmones pppGpp and ppGpp, collectively called (p) ppGpp. In Enterococcus faecalis, (p) ppGpp metabolism is carried out by the bifunctional synthetase/hydrolase E. faecalis Rel (Rel(Ef)) and the small alarmone synthetase (SAS) RelQ(Ef). Although Rel is the main enzyme responsible for SR activation in Firmicutes, there is emerging evidence that SASs can make important contributions to bacterial homeostasis. Here, we showed that RelQ(Ef) synthesizes ppGpp more efficiently than pppGpp without the need for ribosomes, tRNA, or mRNA. In addition to (p) ppGpp synthesis from GDP and GTP, RelQ(Ef) also efficiently utilized GMP to form GMP 3'-diphosphate (pGpp). Based on this observation, we sought to determine if pGpp exerts regulatory effects on cellular processes affected by (p) ppGpp. We found that pGpp, like (p) ppGpp, strongly inhibits the activity of E. faecalis enzymes involved in GTP biosynthesis and, to a lesser extent, transcription of rrnB by Escherichia coli RNA polymerase. Activation of E. coli RelA synthetase activity was observed in the presence of both pGpp and ppGpp, while RelQ(Ef) was activated only by ppGpp. Furthermore, enzymatic activity of RelQ(Ef) is insensitive to relacin, a (p) ppGpp analog developed as an inhibitor of "long" RelA/SpoT homolog (RSH) enzymes. We conclude that pGpp can likely function as a bacterial alarmone with target-specific regulatory effects that are similar to what has been observed for (p) ppGpp. IMPORTANCE Accumulation of the nucleotide second messengers (p) ppGpp in bacteria is an important signal regulating genetic and physiological networks contributing to stress tolerance, antibiotic persistence, and virulence. Understanding the function and regulation of the enzymes involved in (p) ppGpp turnover is therefore critical for designing strategies to eliminate the protective effects of this molecule. While characterizing the (p) ppGpp synthetase RelQ of Enterococcus faecalis (RelQ(Ef)), we found that, in addition to (p) ppGpp, RelQ(Ef) is an efficient producer of pGpp (GMP 3'-diphosphate). In vitro analysis revealed that pGpp exerts complex, target-specific effects on processes known to be modulated by (p) ppGpp. These findings provide a new regulatory feature of RelQ(Ef) and suggest that pGpp may represent a new member of the (pp) pGpp family of alarmones.

  • 335. Galka, Frank
    et al.
    Wai, Sun Nyunt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Kusch, Harald
    Engelmann, Susanne
    Hecker, Michael
    Schmeck, Bernd
    Hippenstiel, Stefan
    Uhlin, Bernt Eric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Steinert, Michael
    Proteomic characterization of the whole secretome of Legionella pneumophila and functional analysis of outer membrane vesicles.2008In: Infection and immunity, ISSN 1098-5522, Vol. 76, no 5, p. 1825-36Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Secretion of effector molecules is one of the major mechanisms by which the intracellular human pathogen Legionella pneumophila interacts with host cells during infection. Specific secretion machineries which are responsible for the subfraction of secreted proteins (soluble supernatant proteins [SSPs]) and the production of bacterial outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) both contribute to the protein composition of the extracellular milieu of this lung pathogen. Here we present comprehensive proteome reference maps for both SSPs and OMVs. Protein identification and assignment analyses revealed a total of 181 supernatant proteins, 107 of which were specific to the SSP fraction and 33 of which were specific to OMVs. A functional classification showed that a large proportion of the identified OMV proteins are involved in the pathogenesis of Legionnaires' disease. Zymography and enzyme assays demonstrated that the SSP and OMV fractions possess proteolytic and lipolytic enzyme activities which may contribute to the destruction of the alveolar lining during infection. Furthermore, it was shown that OMVs do not kill host cells but specifically modulate their cytokine response. Binding of immunofluorescently stained OMVs to alveolar epithelial cells, as visualized by confocal laser scanning microscopy, suggested that there is delivery of a large and complex group of proteins and lipids in the infected tissue in association with OMVs. On the basis of these new findings, we discuss the relevance of protein sorting and compartmentalization of virulence factors, as well as environmental aspects of the vesicle-mediated secretion.

  • 336. Gallagher, Laura A.
    et al.
    Shears, Rebecca K.
    Fingleton, Claire
    Alvarez, Laura
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Waters, Elaine M.
    Clarke, Jenny
    Bricio-Moreno, Laura
    Campbell, Christopher
    Yadav, Akhilesh K.
    Razvi, Fareha
    O'Neill, Eoghan
    O'Neill, Alex J.
    Cava, Felipe
    Fey, Paul D.
    Kadioglu, Aras
    O'Gara, James P.
    Impaired Alanine Transport or Exposure to D-Cycloserine Increases the Susceptibility of MRSA to beta-lactam Antibiotics2020In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, ISSN 0022-1899, E-ISSN 1537-6613, Vol. 221, no 6, p. 1006-1016Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Prolonging the clinical effectiveness of beta-lactams, which remain first-line antibiotics for many infections, is an important part of efforts to address antimicrobial resistance. We report here that inactivation of the predicted D-cycloserine (DCS) transporter gene cycA resensitized methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to beta-lactam antibiotics. The cycA mutation also resulted in hypersusceptibility to DCS, an alanine analogue antibiotic that inhibits alanine racemase and D-alanine ligase required for D-alanine incorporation into cell wall peptidoglycan. Alanine transport was impaired in the cycA mutant, and this correlated with increased susceptibility to oxacillin and DCS. The cycA mutation or exposure to DCS were both associated with the accumulation of muropeptides with tripeptide stems lacking the terminal D-ala-D-ala and reduced peptidoglycan cross-linking, prompting us to investigate synergism between beta-lactams and DCS. DCS resensitized MRSA to beta-lactams in vitro and significantly enhanced MRSA eradication by oxacillin in a mouse bacteremia model. These findings reveal alanine transport as a new therapeutic target to enhance the susceptibility of MRSA to beta-lactam antibiotics.

  • 337. Gallio, Marco
    et al.
    Englund, Camilla
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Kylsten, Per
    Samakovlis, Christos
    Rhomboid 3 orchestrates Slit-independent repulsion of tracheal branches at the CNS midline.2004In: Development, ISSN 0950-1991, E-ISSN 1477-9129, Vol. 131, no 15, p. 3605-3614Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    EGF-receptor ligands act as chemoattractants for migrating epithelial cells during organogenesis and wound healing. We present evidence that Rhomboid 3/EGF signalling, which originates from the midline of the Drosophila ventral nerve cord, repels tracheal ganglionic branches and prevents them from crossing it. rho3 acts independently from the main midline repellent Slit, and originates from a different sub-population of midline cells: the VUM neurons. Expression of dominant-negative Egfr or Ras induces midline crosses, whereas activation of the Egfr or Ras in the leading cell of the ganglionic branch can induce premature turns away from the midline. This suggests that the level of Egfr intracellular signalling, rather than the asymmetric activation of the receptor on the cell surface, is an important determinant in ganglionic branch repulsion. We propose that Egfr activation provides a necessary switch for the interpretation of a yet unknown repellent function of the midline.

  • 338. Garcia-Aljaro, Cristina
    et al.
    Melado-Rovira, Silvia
    Milton, Debra L.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Blanch, Anicet R.
    Quorum-sensing regulates biofilm formation in Vibrio scophthalmi2012In: BMC Microbiology, ISSN 1471-2180, E-ISSN 1471-2180, Vol. 12, p. 287-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: In a previous study, we demonstrated that Vibrio scophthalmi, the most abundant Vibrio species among the marine aerobic or facultatively anaerobic bacteria inhabiting the intestinal tract of healthy cultured turbot (Scophthalmus maximus), contains at least two quorum-sensing circuits involving two types of signal molecules (a 3-hydroxy-dodecanoyl-homoserine lactone and the universal autoinducer 2 encoded by luxS). The purpose of this study was to investigate the functions regulated by these quorum sensing circuits in this vibrio by constructing mutants for the genes involved in these circuits.

    Results: The presence of a homologue to the Vibrio harveyi luxR gene encoding a main transcriptional regulator, whose expression is modulated by quorum-sensing signal molecules in other vibrios, was detected and sequenced. The V. scophthalmi LuxR protein displayed a maximum amino acid identity of 82% with SmcR, the LuxR homologue found in Vibrio vulnificus. luxR and luxS null mutants were constructed and their phenotype analysed. Both mutants displayed reduced biofilm formation in vitro as well as differences in membrane protein expression by mass-spectrometry analysis. Additionally, a recombinant strain of V. scophthalmi carrying the lactonase AiiA from Bacillus cereus, which causes hydrolysis of acyl homoserine lactones, was included in the study.

    Conclusions: V. scophthalmi shares two quorum sensing circuits, including the main transcriptional regulator luxR, with some pathogenic vibrios such as V. harveyi and V. anguillarum. However, contrary to these pathogenic vibrios no virulence factors (such as protease production) were found to be quorum sensing regulated in this bacterium. Noteworthy, biofilm formation was altered in luxS and luxR mutants. In these mutants a different expression profile of membrane proteins were observed with respect to the wild type strain suggesting that quorum sensing could play a role in the regulation of the adhesion mechanisms of this bacterium.

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  • 339.
    Gekara, Nelson O.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    DNA damage-induced immune response: Micronuclei provide key platform2017In: Journal of Cell Biology, ISSN 0021-9525, E-ISSN 1540-8140, Vol. 216, no 10, p. 2999-3001Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    DNA damage-induced activation of the cytoplasmic DNA sensor cGAS influences the outcome of infections, autoinflammation, and cancer. Recent studies by Harding et al. (2017. Nature. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature23470), Mackenzie et al. (2017. Nature. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature23449), and Bartsch et al. (2017. Human Molecular Genetics. https://doi.org/10.1093/hmg/ddx283) demonstrate a role for micronuclei formation in DNA damage-induced immune activation.

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  • 340.
    Gerpe, M.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Kling, P.
    Berg, A. H.
    Olsson, P.-E.
    Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) metallothionein: cDNA sequence, expression, and tissue-specific inhibition of cadmium-mediated metallothionein induction by 17ß-estradiol, 4-OH-PCB 30, and PCB 1042000In: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, ISSN 0730-7268, E-ISSN 1552-8618, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 638-645Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 341. Ghssein, Ghassan
    et al.
    Brutesco, Catherine
    Ouerdane, Laurent
    Fojcik, Clementine
    Izaute, Amelie
    Wang, Shuanglong
    Hajjar, Christine
    Lobinski, Ryszard
    Lemaire, David
    Richaud, Pierre
    Voulhoux, Rome
    Espaillat, Akbar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Cava, Felipe
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Pignol, David
    Borezee-Durant, Elise
    Arnoux, Pascal
    Biosynthesis of a broad-spectrum nicotianamine-like metallophore in Staphylococcus aureus2016In: Science, ISSN 0036-8075, E-ISSN 1095-9203, Vol. 352, no 6289, p. 1105-1109Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Metal acquisition is a vital microbial process in metal-scarce environments, such as inside a host. Using metabolomic exploration, targeted mutagenesis, and biochemical analysis, we discovered an operon in Staphylococcus aureus that encodes the different functions required for the biosynthesis and trafficking of a broad-spectrum metallophore related to plant nicotianamine (here called staphylopine). The biosynthesis of staphylopine reveals the association of three enzyme activities: a histidine racemase, an enzyme distantly related to nicotianamine synthase, and a staphylopine dehydrogenase belonging to the DUF2338 family. Staphylopine is involved in nickel, cobalt, zinc, copper, and iron acquisition, depending on the growth conditions. This biosynthetic pathway is conserved across other pathogens, thus underscoring the importance of this metal acquisition strategy in infection.

  • 342.
    Goldsteins, Gundars
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Andersson, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Olofsson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Dacklin, Ingrid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Edvinsson, Åsa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Sandgren, Ola
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Ophthalmology.
    Thylén, Christina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Hammarström, Sten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Lundgren, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Characterisation of two highly amyloidogenic mutants of transthyretin1997In: Biochemistry, ISSN 0006-2960, E-ISSN 1520-4995, Vol. 36, no 18, p. 5346-5352Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The plasma protein transthyretin (TTR) has the potential to form amyloid under certain conditions. More than 50 different point mutations have been associated with amyloid formation that occurs only in adults. It is not known what structural changes are introduced into the structure of this otherwise stable molecule that results in its aggregation into insoluble amyloid fibrils. On the basis of calculations of the frequency of known mutations over the polypeptide, we have constructed two mutants in the D-strand of the polypeptide. These molecules, containing either a deletion or a substitution at amino acid positions 53−55, were unstable and spontaneously formed aggregates upon storage in TBS (pH 7.6). The precipitates were shown to be amyloid by staining with thioflavin T and Congo Red. Their ultrastructure was very similar to that of amyloid fibrils deposited in the vitreous body of patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy type 1 with an amino acid replacement in position 30 (TTRmet30). Like amyloid isolated from the vitreous body of the eye, the amyloid precipitates generated from the TTR mutants exposed a trypsin cleavage site between amino acid residues 48 and 49, while plasma TTRmet30 isolated from amyloidosis patients as well as wild-type TTR only showed minor trypsin sensitivity. Our data indicate that the mutants we have constructed are similar to amyloid precursors or may share structural properties with intermediates on a pathway leading to amyloid deposits of plasma TTR.

  • 343.
    Goldsteins, Gundars
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Persson, Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Andersson, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Olofsson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Dacklin, Ingrid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Edvinsson, Åsa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Saraiva, Maria João
    Lundgren, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Exposure of cryptic epitopes on transthyretin only in amyloid and in amyloidogenic mutants1999In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 96, no 6, p. 3108-3113Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structural requirements for generation of amyloid from the plasma protein transthyretin (TTR) are not known, although it is assumed that TTR is partly misfolded in amyloid. In a search for structural determinants important for amyloid formation, we generated a TTR mutant with high potential to form amyloid. We demonstrated that the mutant represents an intermediate in a series of conformational changes leading to amyloid. Two monoclonal antibodies were generated against this mutant; each displayed affinity to ex vivo TTR and TTR mutants with amyloidogenic folding but not to wild-type TTR or mutants exhibiting the wild-type fold. Two cryptic epitopes were mapped to a domain of TTR, where most mutations associated with amyloidosis occur and which we propose is displaced at the initial phase of amyloid formation, opening up new surfaces necessary for autoaggregation of TTR monomers. The results provide direct biochemical evidence for structural changes in an amyloidogenic intermediate of TTR.

  • 344. Gomzikova, Marina O.
    et al.
    Zhuravleva, Margarita N.
    Miftakhova, Regina R.
    Arkhipova, Svetlana S.
    Evtugin, Vladimir G.
    Khaiboullina, Svetlana F.
    Kiyasov, Andrey P.
    Persson, Jenny L.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Mongan, Nigel P.
    Pestell, Richard G.
    Rizvanov, Albert A.
    Cytochalasin B-induced membrane vesicles convey angiogenic activity of parental cells2017In: OncoTarget, ISSN 1949-2553, E-ISSN 1949-2553, Vol. 8, no 41, p. 70496-70507Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Naturally occurring extracellular vesicles (EVs) play essential roles in intracellular communication and delivery of bioactive molecules. Therefore it has been suggested that EVs could be used for delivery of therapeutics. However, to date the therapeutic application of EVs has been limited by number of factors, including limited yield and full understanding of their biological activities. To address these issues, we analyzed the morphology, molecular composition, fusion capacity and biological activity of Cytochalasin B-induced membrane vesicles (CIMVs). The size of these vesicles was comparable to that of naturally occurring EVs. In addition, we have shown that CIMVs from human SH-SY5Y cells contain elevated levels of VEGF as compared to the parental cells, and stimulate angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo.

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  • 345.
    Good, James A. D.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Andersson, Christopher
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Hansen, Sabine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Wall, Jessica
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Krishnan, Syam
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Begum, Afshan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Grundström, Christin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Niemiec, Moritz Sebastian
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Vaitkevicius, Karolis
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Chorell, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Wittung-Stafshede, Pernilla
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Sauer, Uwe H.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Sauer–Eriksson, A. Elisabeth
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Almqvist, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Johansson, Jörgen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Attenuating Listeria monocytogenes virulence by targeting the regulatory protein PrfA2016In: Cell chemical biology, ISSN 2451-9448, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 404-414Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The transcriptional activator PrfA, a member of the Crp/Fnr family, controls the expression of some key virulence factors necessary for infection by the human bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. Phenotypic screening identified ring-fused 2-pyridone molecules that at low micromolar concentrations attenuate L. monocytogenes infectivity by reducing the expression of virulence genes, without compromising bacterial growth. These inhibitors bind the transcriptional regulator PrfA and decrease its affinity for the consensus DNA binding site. Structural characterization of this interaction revealed that one of the ring-fused 2-pyridones, compound 1, binds within a hydrophobic pocket, located between the C- and N-terminal domains of PrfA, and interacts with residues important for PrfA activation. This indicates that these inhibitors maintain the DNA-binding helix-turn-helix motif of PrfA in a disordered state, thereby preventing a PrfA:DNA interaction. Ring-fused 2-pyridones represent a new class of chemical probes for studying virulence in L. monocytogenes.

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  • 346.
    Good, James A. D.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Silver, Jim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Nunez-Otero, Carlos
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Bahnan, Wael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Krishnan, K. Syam
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Salin, Olli
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Engström, Patrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Svensson, Richard
    Department of Pharmacy, Uppsala University, SE-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden; The Uppsala University Drug Optimization and Pharmaceutical Profiling Platform, Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden, Uppsala University, SE-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Artursson, Per
    Department of Pharmacy, Uppsala University, SE-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden; The Uppsala University Drug Optimization and Pharmaceutical Profiling Platform, Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden, Uppsala University, SE-751 23 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Gylfe, Åsa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Bergström, Sven
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Almqvist, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR).
    Thiazolino 2-Pyridone Amide Inhibitors of Chlamydia trachomatis Infectivity2016In: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, ISSN 0022-2623, E-ISSN 1520-4804, Vol. 59, no 5, p. 2094-2108Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The bacterial pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis is a global health burden currently treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics which disrupt commensal bacteria. We recently identified a compound through phenotypic screening that blocked infectivity of this intracellular pathogen without host cell toxicity (compound 1, KSK 120). Herein, we present the optimization of 1 to a class of thiazolino 2-pyridone amides that are highly efficacious (EC50 <= 100 nM) in attenuating infectivity across multiple serovars of C. trachomatis without host cell toxicity. The lead compound 21a exhibits reduced lipophilicity versus 1 and did not affect the growth or viability of representative commensal flora at 50 mu M. In microscopy studies, a highly active fluorescent analogue 37 localized inside the parasitiphorous inclusion, indicative of a specific targeting of bacterial components. In summary, we present a class of small molecules to enable the development of specific treatments for C. trachomatis.

  • 347. Goormaghtigh, Frederic
    et al.
    Fraikin, Nathan
    Putrins, Marta
    Hallaert, Thibaut
    Hauryliuk, Vasili
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Institute of Technology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
    Garcia-Pino, Abel
    Sjödin, Andreas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Division of CBRN Security and Defence, FOI–Swedish Defence Research Agency, Umeå, Sweden.
    Kasvandik, Sergo
    Udekwu, Klas
    Tenson, Tanel
    Kaldalu, Niilo
    Van Melderen, Laurence
    Reassessing the Role of Type II Toxin-Antitoxin Systems in Formation of Escherichia coli Type II Persister Cells2018In: mBio, ISSN 2161-2129, E-ISSN 2150-7511, Vol. 9, no 3, article id e00640-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Persistence is a reversible and low-frequency phenomenon allowing a subpopulation of a clonal bacterial population to survive antibiotic treatments. Upon removal of the antibiotic, persister cells resume growth and give rise to viable progeny. Type II toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems were assumed to play a key role in the formation of persister cells in Escherichia coli based on the observation that successive deletions of TA systems decreased persistence frequency. In addition, the model proposed that stochastic fluctuations of (p)ppGpp levels are the basis for triggering activation of TA systems. Cells in which TA systems are activated are thought to enter a dormancy state and therefore survive the antibiotic treatment. Using independently constructed strains and newly designed fluorescent reporters, we reassessed the roles of TA modules in persistence both at the population and single-cell levels. Our data confirm that the deletion of 10 TA systems does not affect persistence to ofloxacin or ampicillin. Moreover, microfluidic experiments performed with a strain reporting the induction of the yefM-yoeB TA system allowed the observation of a small number of type II persister cells that resume growth after removal of ampicillin. However, we were unable to establish a correlation between high fluorescence and persistence, since the fluorescence of persister cells was comparable to that of the bulk of the population and none of the cells showing high fluorescence were able to resume growth upon removal of the antibiotic. Altogether, these data show that there is no direct link between induction of TA systems and persistence to antibiotics. IMPORTANCE Within a growing bacterial population, a small subpopulation of cells is able to survive antibiotic treatment by entering a transient state of dormancy referred to as persistence. Persistence is thought to be the cause of relapsing bacterial infections and is a major public health concern. Type II toxin-antitoxin systems are small modules composed of a toxic protein and an antitoxin protein counteracting the toxin activity. These systems were thought to be pivotal players in persistence until recent developments in the field. Our results demonstrate that previous influential reports had technical flaws and that there is no direct link between induction of TA systems and persistence to antibiotics.

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  • 348. Goormaghtigh, Frederic
    et al.
    Fraikin, Nathan
    Putrins, Marta
    Hauryliuk, Vasili
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS). Institute of Technology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
    Garcia-Pino, Abel
    Udekwu, Klas
    Tenson, Tanel
    Kaldalu, Niilo
    Van Melderen, Laurence
    Reply to Holden and Errington, "Type II Toxin-Antitoxin Systems and Persister Cells"2018In: mBio, ISSN 2161-2129, E-ISSN 2150-7511, Vol. 9, no 5, article id e01838-18Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 349.
    Grabbe, Caroline
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Husnjak, Koraljka
    Dikic, Ivan
    The spatial and temporal organization of ubiquitin networks2011In: Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology, ISSN 1471-0072, E-ISSN 1471-0080, Vol. 12, no 5, p. 295-307Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the past decade, the diversity of signals generated by the ubiquitin system has emerged as a dominant regulator of biological processes and propagation of information in the eukaryotic cell. A wealth of information has been gained about the crucial role of spatial and temporal regulation of ubiquitin species of different lengths and linkages in the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway, endocytic trafficking, protein degradation and DNA repair. This spatiotemporal regulation is achieved through sophisticated mechanisms of compartmentalization and sequential series of ubiquitylation events and signal decoding, which control diverse biological processes not only in the cell but also during the development of tissues and entire organisms.

  • 350.
    Gripenland, Jonas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Regulatory roles of two small RNAs in the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes and the evaluation of an alternative infection model2012Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Listeriosis is a potentially lethal disease caused by the Gram-positive facultative intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (L.m.). L.m. is found ubiquitously in the environment and infects humans via ingestion of contaminated food. Contaminated products are usually derived from ruminants and involve dairy products and different kinds of processed meat. Listeriosis is a potential lifethreatening disease with a total mortality rate of 20-30 %. The development of listeriosis may lead to meningitis and septicemia or other invasive diseases. Pregnant women are of increased risk of developing listeriosis and a materno-fetal infection commonly lead to spontaneous abortion or still-birth.

    Regulation of gene expression, and specifically virulence gene expression, is essential for pathogenic bacteria to be equipped for handling counteractions from the host as well as thriving in the often hostile environment. In pathogenic Listeria, virulence gene expression is under the control of the global virulence gene regulator PrfA. The expression of prfA is highly regulated at the transcriptional, post-transcriptional and post- translational level. We have identified a novel type of post-transcriptional regulation of prfA-mRNA by a trans-acting riboswitch element (SreA). By binding to the leader region of prfA-mRNA, SreA negatively regulates the expression of prfA. To our knowledge, this is the first description of a cis-acting riboswitch capable of functioning as a small RNA in trans, regulating targets on distant sites.

    To date, there have been around 100 sRNAs identified in Listeria monocytogenes, but experimental data is still limited. We have characterized a blood induced sRNA, Rli38, which is important for full virulence during oral infection of mice. Our data suggest that Rli38 regulates the expression of at least two proteins; OppD (Oligopeptide transport protein) and IsdG (heme degrading monooxygenase). Both of these proteins have been implicated in the infectious cycle of L.m. We speculate that the virulence phenotype of an ∆rli38 mutant is possibly mediated through the effect of these proteins.

    L.m. is a complex pathogen, able to infect and replicate in a variety of organs and cause several distinctive forms of disease. These qualities of L.m. generate difficulties in simulating human listeriosis in animal models, as entailed by the multitude of models used in the field. In this work, we have evaluated the use of an alternative animal model in studying listeriosis. Our results describe the differentiated virulence potential of wildtype bacteria and a ∆prfA mutant strain in the chicken embryo by live/death screening and organ colonization. Large differences in mean time to death were found between wild-type and the ∆prfA strain and ∆prfA cells displayed a considerable defect in colonization of the embryonal liver. The results presented in this thesis show that the chicken embryo infection model is a valuable and convenient tool in studying end-outcome and organ colonization of Listeria monocytogenes.

    Taken together, this thesis describes the characterization of two previously unknown sRNAs in the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes and the use of an alternative infection model for simulating listeriosis.

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