lfnA from Pseudomonas aeruginosa O12 and wbuX from Escherichia coli O145 encode membrane-associated proteins and are required for expression of 2,6-dideoxy-2-acetamidino-L-galactose (L-FucNAm) in lipopolysaccharide O antigen: J.Bacteriol.

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Journal titleJ Bacteriol.
Subjectanalysis; ANTIGEN; Antigens; Bacteria; biosynthesis; Campylobacter; Campylobacter jejuni; Canada; cell; CELL-SURFACE; COMPONENT; Escherichia; Escherichia coli; ESCHERICHIA-COLI; EXPRESSION; GENE; Genes; GLYCANS; LIPOPOLYSACCHARIDE; Lipopolysaccharide O Antigen; membrane; MOLECULAR; MUTANT; Mutation; NMR; NMR analysis; O antigen; O Antigens; O-antigen; PATHWAY; protein; Proteins; Pseudomonas; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; PSEUDOMONAS-AERUGINOSA; SEROTYPE; SEROTYPES; structure; sugar; SUGARS; surface; Synthesis
AbstractThe rare sugar 2,6-dideoxy-2-acetamidino-L-galactose (L-FucNAm) is found only in bacteria and is a component of cell surface glycans in a number of pathogenic species, including in the O antigens of Pseudomonas aeruginosa serotype O12 and Escherichia coli O145. P. aeruginosa is an important opportunistic pathogen, and the O12 serotype is associated with multi-drug resistant epidemic outbreaks. O145 is one of the classic, non-O157, serotypes associated with Shiga-toxin producing, enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC). The acetamidino (NAm) moiety of L-FucNAm is of interest because at neutral pH it contributes a positive charge to the cell surface, and we aimed to characterize the biosynthesis of this functional group. The pathway is not known, but expression of NAm-modified sugars coincides with the presence of a pseA homologue in the relevant biosynthetic locus. PseA is a putative amidotrasferase required for synthesis of a NAm-modified sugar in Campylobacter jejuni. In P. aeruginosa O12 and E. coli O145 the pseA homologues are lfnA and wbuX, respectively, and we hypothesized that these genes function in L-FucNAm biosynthesis. SDS-PAGE, Western blot and NMR analysis of the lfnA mutant O-antigen structure indicated that the mutant expresses 2,6-dideoxy-2-acetamido-L-galactose (L-FucNAc) in place of L-FucNAm. The mutation could be complemented by expression of either his6-lfnA or wbuX in trans, confirming that these genes are functional homologues and that they are required for acetamidino (NAm) moiety synthesis. Both proteins retained their activity when fused to a His6-tag, and localized to the membrane fraction. These data will assist future biochemical investigation of this pathway
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