RRC ID 35535
Author Pereira CS, Santos AJ, Bejerano-Sagie M, Correia PB, Marques JC, Xavier KB.
Title Phosphoenolpyruvate phosphotransferase system regulates detection and processing of the quorum sensing signal autoinducer-2.
Journal Mol Microbiol
Abstract Autoinducer-2 (AI-2) a signal produced by a range of phylogenetically distant microorganisms, enables inter-species cell-cell communication and regulates many bacterial phenotypes. Certain bacteria can interfere with AI-2-regulated behaviours of neighbouring species by internalizing AI-2 using the Lsr transport system (encoded by the lsr operon). AI-2 imported by the Lsr is phosphorylated by the LsrK kinase and AI-2-phosphate is the inducer of the lsr operon. Here we show that in Escherichia coli the phosphoenolpyruvate phosphotransferase system (PTS) is required for Lsr activation and is essential for AI-2 internalization. Although the phosphorylation state of Enzyme I of PTS is important for this regulation, LsrK is necessary for the phosphorylation of AI-2, indicating that AI-2 is not phosphorylated by PTS. Our results suggest that AI-2 internalization is initiated by a PTS-dependent mechanism, which provides sufficient intracellular AI-2 to relieve repression of the lsr operon and, thus induce depletion of AI-2 from the extracellular environment. The fact that AI-2 internalization is not only controlled by the community-dependent accumulation of AI-2, but also depends on the phosphorylation state of PTS suggests that E. coli can integrate information on the availability of substrates with external communal information to control quorum sensing and its interference.
Volume 84(1)
Pages 93-104
Published 2012-4-1
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2012.08010.x
PMID 22384939
MeSH Escherichia coli / enzymology* Escherichia coli / genetics Escherichia coli Proteins / genetics Escherichia coli Proteins / metabolism* Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial Homoserine / analogs & derivatives* Homoserine / metabolism Lactones / metabolism* Mutation Operon Phosphoenolpyruvate Sugar Phosphotransferase System / genetics Phosphoenolpyruvate Sugar Phosphotransferase System / metabolism* Phosphorylation Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / metabolism Quorum Sensing* Transcriptional Activation
IF 3.418
Times Cited 45
Prokaryotes E. coli Keio collection ASKA library