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Infect Immun. 2018 Dec 19;87(1). pii: e00689-18. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00689-18. Print 2019 Jan.

The Host Scaffolding Protein Filamin A and the Exocyst Complex Control Exocytosis during InlB-Mediated Entry of Listeria monocytogenes.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne bacterium that causes gastroenteritis, meningitis, or abortion. Listeria induces its internalization (entry) into some human cells through interaction of the bacterial surface protein InlB with its host receptor, the Met tyrosine kinase. InlB and Met promote entry, in part, through stimulation of localized exocytosis. How exocytosis is upregulated during entry is not understood. Here, we show that the human signaling proteins mTOR, protein kinase C-α (PKC-α), and RalA promote exocytosis during entry by controlling the scaffolding protein Filamin A (FlnA). InlB-mediated uptake was accompanied by PKC-α-dependent phosphorylation of serine 2152 in FlnA. Depletion of FlnA by RNA interference (RNAi) or expression of a mutated FlnA protein defective in phosphorylation impaired InlB-dependent internalization. These findings indicate that phosphorylation of FlnA by PKC-α contributes to entry. mTOR and RalA were found to mediate the recruitment of FlnA to sites of InlB-mediated entry. Depletion of PKC-α, mTOR, or FlnA each reduced exocytosis during InlB-mediated uptake. Because the exocyst complex is known to mediate polarized exocytosis, we examined if PKC-α, mTOR, RalA, or FlnA affects this complex. Depletion of PKC-α, mTOR, RalA, or FlnA impaired recruitment of the exocyst component Exo70 to sites of InlB-mediated entry. Experiments involving knockdown of Exo70 or other exocyst proteins demonstrated an important role for the exocyst complex in uptake of Listeria Collectively, our results indicate that PKC-α, mTOR, RalA, and FlnA comprise a signaling pathway that mobilizes the exocyst complex to promote infection by Listeria.


Filamin A; InlB; Listeria ; entry; exocyst; exocytosis

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