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Res Microbiol. 2012 Jul;163(6-7):457-69. doi: 10.1016/j.resmic.2012.07.007. Epub 2012 Jul 23.

Type II-dependent secretion of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa DING protein.

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Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Macromoléculaires, UMR7255 CNRS, IMM, 31 chemin Joseph Aiguier, Aix-Marseille Universités, 13402 Marseille cedex 20, France.


Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic bacterial pathogen that uses a wide range of protein secretion systems to interact with its host. Genes encoding the PAO1 Hxc type II secretion system are linked to genes encoding phosphatases (LapA/LapB). Microarray genotyping suggested that Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates, including urinary tract (JJ692) and blood (X13273) isolates, lacked the lapA/lapB genes. Instead, we show that they carry a gene encoding a protein of the PstS family. This protein, which we call LapC, also has significant similarities with LapA/LapB. LapC belongs to the family of DING proteins and displays the canonical DINGGG motif within its N terminus. DING proteins are members of a prokaryotic phosphate binding protein superfamily. We show that LapC is secreted in an Hxc-dependent manner and is under the control of the PhoB response regulator. The genetic organization hxc-lapC found in JJ692 and X13273 is similar to PA14, which is the most frequent P. aeruginosa genotype. While the role of LapA, LapB and LapC proteins remains unclear in P. aeruginosa pathogenesis, they are likely to be part of a phosphate scavenging or sensing system needed to survive and thrive when low phosphate environments are encountered within the host.

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