RRC ID 71553
Author Plaza N, Urrutia IM, Garcia K, Waldor MK, Blondel CJ.
Title Identification of a Family of Vibrio Type III Secretion System Effectors That Contain a Conserved Serine/Threonine Kinase Domain.
Journal mSphere
Abstract Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a marine Gram-negative bacterium that is a leading cause of seafood-borne gastroenteritis. Pandemic strains of V. parahaemolyticus rely on a specialized protein secretion machinery known as the type III secretion system 2 (T3SS2) to cause disease. The T3SS2 mediates the delivery of effector proteins into the cytosol of infected cells, where they subvert multiple cellular pathways. Here, we identify a new T3SS2 effector protein encoded by VPA1328 (VP_RS21530) in V. parahaemolyticus RIMD2210633. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that VPA1328 is part of a larger family of uncharacterized T3SS effector proteins with homology to the VopG effector protein in Vibrio cholerae AM-19226. These VopG-like proteins are found in many but not all T3SS2 gene clusters and are distributed among diverse Vibrio species, including V. parahaemolyticus, V. cholerae, V. mimicus, and V. diabolicus and also in Shewanella baltica. Structure-based prediction analyses uncovered the presence of a conserved C-terminal kinase domain in VopG orthologs, similar to the serine/threonine kinase domain found in the NleH family of T3SS effector proteins. However, in contrast to NleH effector proteins, in tissue culture-based infections, VopG did not impede host cell death or suppress interleukin 8 (IL-8) secretion, suggesting a yet undefined role for VopG during V. parahaemolyticus infection. Collectively, our work reveals that VopG effector proteins, a new family of likely serine/threonine kinases, is widely distributed in the T3SS2 effector armamentarium among marine bacteria. IMPORTANCE Vibrio parahaemolyticus is the leading bacterial cause of seafood-borne gastroenteritis worldwide. The pathogen relies on a type III secretion system to deliver a variety of effector proteins into the cytosol of infected cells to subvert cellular function. In this study, we identified a novel Vibrio parahaemolyticus effector protein that is similar to the VopG effector of Vibrio cholerae. VopG-like effectors were found in diverse Vibrio species and contain a conserved serine/threonine kinase domain that bears similarity to the kinase domain in the enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) and Shigella NleH effectors that manipulate host cell survival pathways and host immune responses. Together our findings identify a new family of Vibrio effector proteins and highlight the role of horizontal gene transfer events among marine bacteria in shaping T3SS gene clusters.
Volume 6(4)
Pages e0059921
Published 2021-8-25
DOI 10.1128/mSphere.00599-21
PMID 34346702
PMC PMC8386410
MeSH Bacterial Proteins / chemistry Bacterial Proteins / genetics* Bacterial Proteins / metabolism Caco-2 Cells Computational Biology Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial Humans Interleukin-8 / immunology Multigene Family Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases / genetics* Protein Transport Serine / metabolism Type III Secretion Systems / genetics* Type III Secretion Systems / metabolism Vibrio parahaemolyticus / enzymology* Vibrio parahaemolyticus / genetics* Vibrio parahaemolyticus / metabolism Vibrio parahaemolyticus / pathogenicity
IF 4.282
Pathogenic bacteria V. parahaemolyticus RIMD2210633