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Mol Microbiol. 2006 Nov;62(4):1203-14. Epub 2006 Oct 17.

Specificity of Streptococcus pyogenes NAD(+) glycohydrolase in cytolysin-mediated translocation.

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Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine, Box 8230, Saint Louis, MO 63110, USA.

Abstract

The mechanism by which the cytolysin-mediated translocation (CMT) pathway of the Gram-positive pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes injects effector proteins into the cytosol of an infected host cell via the pore-forming protein streptolysin O is unknown. Key questions include whether the pathway can discriminate between different substrates for translocation, and whether the effector protein plays an active or passive role in the translocation process. Here we show that CMT can discriminate between a known effector of the pathway, the S. pyogenes NAD(+) glycohydrolase (SPN), and a second secreted protein, the mitogenic factor (MF), routing the former into the host cell cytosol and the latter into the extracellular milieu. Residues within the amino-terminal 190 residues of SPN were essential for discrimination, as deletions within this domain produced proteins that retained full enzymatic activity, but were completely uncoupled from the translocation pathway. The enzymatic domain itself played a pivotal role in the discrimination as deletions within this domain also produced translocation incompetent proteins and the conversion of MF to a translocation-competent form required fusion with both SPN domains in a contiguous orientation. These data establish that CMT is discriminatory, and that SPN is a multidomain protein that plays an active role in its translocation.

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