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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 5001, 2020 10 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33020480

RESUMO

To perform their computational function, genetic circuits change states through a symphony of genetic parts that turn regulator expression on and off. Debugging is frustrated by an inability to characterize parts in the context of the circuit and identify the origins of failures. Here, we take snapshots of a large genetic circuit in different states: RNA-seq is used to visualize circuit function as a changing pattern of RNA polymerase (RNAP) flux along the DNA. Together with ribosome profiling, all 54 genetic parts (promoters, ribozymes, RBSs, terminators) are parameterized and used to inform a mathematical model that can predict circuit performance, dynamics, and robustness. The circuit behaves as designed; however, it is riddled with genetic errors, including cryptic sense/antisense promoters and translation, attenuation, incorrect start codons, and a failed gate. While not impacting the expected Boolean logic, they reduce the prediction accuracy and could lead to failures when the parts are used in other designs. Finally, the cellular power (RNAP and ribosome usage) required to maintain a circuit state is calculated. This work demonstrates the use of a small number of measurements to fully parameterize a regulatory circuit and quantify its impact on host.


Assuntos
RNA Polimerases Dirigidas por DNA/metabolismo , Redes Reguladoras de Genes , Ribossomos/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Modelos Teóricos , Biossíntese de Proteínas , RNA-Seq , Biologia Sintética , Transcrição Genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4440, 2020 09 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32895374

RESUMO

Traditionally engineered genetic circuits have almost exclusively used naturally occurring transcriptional repressors. Recently, non-natural transcription factors (repressors) have been engineered and employed in synthetic biology with great success. However, transcriptional anti-repressors have largely been absent with regard to the regulation of genes in engineered genetic circuits. Here, we present a workflow for engineering systems of non-natural anti-repressors. In this study, we create 41 inducible anti-repressors. This collection of transcription factors respond to two distinct ligands, fructose (anti-FruR) or D-ribose (anti-RbsR); and were complemented by 14 additional engineered anti-repressors that respond to the ligand isopropyl ß-d-1-thiogalactopyranoside (anti-LacI). In turn, we use this collection of anti-repressors and complementary genetic architectures to confer logical control over gene expression. Here, we achieved all NOT oriented logical controls (i.e., NOT, NOR, NAND, and XNOR). The engineered transcription factors and corresponding series, parallel, and series-parallel genetic architectures represent a nascent anti-repressor based transcriptional programming structure.


Assuntos
Bioengenharia/métodos , Repressores Lac/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica/fisiologia , Redes Reguladoras de Genes , Repressores Lac/síntese química , Ligantes , Proteínas Repressoras/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Repressoras/síntese química , Biologia Sintética/métodos , Fatores de Transcrição/síntese química , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(9): e0238037, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32886703

RESUMO

Spectral Counts approaches (SpCs) are largely employed for the comparison of protein expression profiles in label-free (LF) differential proteomics applications. Similarly, to other comparative methods, also SpCs based approaches require a normalization procedure before Fold Changes (FC) calculation. Here, we propose new Complexity Based Normalization (CBN) methods that introduced a variable adjustment factor (f), related to the complexity of the sample, both in terms of total number of identified proteins (CBN(P)) and as total number of spectral counts (CBN(S)). Both these new methods were compared with the Normalized Spectral Abundance Factor (NSAF) and the Spectral Counts log Ratio (Rsc), by using standard protein mixtures. Finally, to test the robustness and the effectiveness of the CBNs methods, they were employed for the comparative analysis of cortical protein extract from zQ175 mouse brains, model of Huntington Disease (HD), and control animals (raw data available via ProteomeXchange with identifier PXD017471). LF data were also validated by western blot and MRM based experiments. On standard mixtures, both CBN methods showed an excellent behavior in terms of reproducibility and coefficients of variation (CVs) in comparison to the other SpCs approaches. Overall, the CBN(P) method was demonstrated to be the most reliable and sensitive in detecting small differences in protein amounts when applied to biological samples.


Assuntos
Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Córtex Cerebral/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Doença de Huntington/metabolismo , Proteoma/análise , Animais , Biomarcadores/análise , Córtex Cerebral/patologia , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Doença de Huntington/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Modelos Teóricos , Padrões de Referência , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Espectrometria de Massas em Tandem
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(37): 23182-23190, 2020 09 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32873645

RESUMO

Enzyme turnover numbers (k cats) are essential for a quantitative understanding of cells. Because k cats are traditionally measured in low-throughput assays, they can be inconsistent, labor-intensive to obtain, and can miss in vivo effects. We use a data-driven approach to estimate in vivo k cats using metabolic specialist Escherichia coli strains that resulted from gene knockouts in central metabolism followed by metabolic optimization via laboratory evolution. By combining absolute proteomics with fluxomics data, we find that in vivo k cats are robust against genetic perturbations, suggesting that metabolic adaptation to gene loss is mostly achieved through other mechanisms, like gene-regulatory changes. Combining machine learning and genome-scale metabolic models, we show that the obtained in vivo k cats predict unseen proteomics data with much higher precision than in vitro k cats. The results demonstrate that in vivo k cats can solve the problem of inconsistent and low-coverage parameterizations of genome-scale cellular models.


Assuntos
Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes/métodos , Genoma/genética , Cinética , Aprendizado de Máquina , Modelos Biológicos , Proteômica/métodos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3796, 2020 07 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32732900

RESUMO

The ter region of the bacterial chromosome, where replication terminates, is the last to be segregated before cell division in Escherichia coli. Delayed segregation is controlled by the MatP protein, which binds to specific sites (matS) within ter, and interacts with other proteins such as ZapB. Here, we investigate the role of MatP by combining short-time mobility analyses of the ter locus with biochemical approaches. We find that ter mobility is similar to that of a non ter locus, except when sister ter loci are paired after replication. This effect depends on MatP, the persistence of catenanes, and ZapB. We characterise MatP/DNA complexes and conclude that MatP binds DNA as a tetramer, but bridging matS sites in a DNA-rich environment remains infrequent. We propose that tetramerisation of MatP links matS sites with ZapB and/or with non-specific DNA to promote optimal pairing of sister ter regions until cell division.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/genética , Cromossomos Bacterianos/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/genética , Divisão Celular/genética , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/metabolismo , Replicação do DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3802, 2020 07 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32732903

RESUMO

The Sec translocon moves proteins across lipid bilayers in all cells. The Sec channel enables passage of unfolded proteins through the bacterial plasma membrane, driven by the cytosolic ATPase SecA. Whether SecA generates mechanical force to overcome barriers to translocation posed by structured substrate proteins is unknown. Here, we kinetically dissect Sec-dependent translocation by monitoring translocation of a folded substrate protein with tunable stability at high time resolution. We find that substrate unfolding constitutes the rate-limiting step during translocation. Using single-molecule force spectroscopy, we also define the response of the protein to mechanical force. Relating the kinetic and force measurements reveals that SecA generates at least 10 piconewtons of mechanical force to actively unfold translocating proteins, comparable to cellular unfoldases. Combining biochemical and single-molecule measurements thus allows us to define how the SecA motor ensures efficient and robust export of proteins that contain stable structure.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Desdobramento de Proteína , Canais de Translocação SEC/metabolismo , Proteínas SecA/metabolismo , Estresse Mecânico , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Bicamadas Lipídicas/metabolismo , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Metotrexato/metabolismo , NADP/metabolismo , Transporte Proteico , Proteínas SecA/genética , Tetra-Hidrofolato Desidrogenase/metabolismo
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Chem Biol Interact ; 329: 109222, 2020 Sep 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32771325

RESUMO

Extensive application of methylene blue (MB) for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes, and reports for unwanted side effects, demand better understanding of the mechanisms of biological action of this thiazine dye. Because MB is redox-active, its biological activities have been attributed to transfer of electrons, generation of reactive oxygen species, and antioxidant action. Results of this study show that MB is more toxic to a superoxide dismutase-deficient Escherichia coli mutant than to its SOD-proficient parent, which indicates that superoxide anion radical is involved. Incubation of E. coli with MB induced the enzymes fumarase C, SOD, nitroreductase A, and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, all controlled by the soxRS regulon. Induction of these enzymes was prevented by blocking protein synthesis with chloramphenicol and was not observed when soxRS-negative mutants were incubated with MB. These results show that MB is capable of inducing the soxRS regulon of E. coli, which plays a key role in protecting bacteria against oxidative stress and redox-cycling compounds. Irrespective of the abundance of heme-containing proteins in living cells, which are preferred acceptors of electrons from the reduced form of MB, reduction of oxygen to superoxide radical still takes place. Induction of the soxRS regulon suggests that in humans, beneficial effects of MB could be attributed to activation of redox-sensitive transcription factors like Nrf2 and FoxO. If defense systems are compromised or genes coding for protective proteins are not induced, MB would have deleterious effects.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Azul de Metileno/farmacologia , Regulon/efeitos dos fármacos , Transativadores/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Cloranfenicol/farmacologia , Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/genética , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Fumarato Hidratase/genética , Fumarato Hidratase/metabolismo , Glucosefosfato Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/genética , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Biossíntese de Proteínas/efeitos dos fármacos , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Superóxido Dismutase/genética , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo , Superóxidos/metabolismo , Transativadores/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237789, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32810188

RESUMO

Aquaporins are water-permeable membrane-channel proteins found in biological cell membranes that selectively exclude ions and large molecules and have high water permeability, which makes them promising candidates for water desalination systems. To effectively apply the properties of aquaporins in the desalination process, many studies have been conducted on aquaporin-lipid membrane systems using phospholipids, which are the main component of cell membranes. Many parametric studies have evaluated the permeability of such systems with various aquaporin types and lipid compositions. In this study, we performed molecular dynamics simulations for four cases with different protein-lipid molar ratios (1:50, 1:75, 1:100, and 1:150) between aquaporin Z and the phospholipids, and we propose a possibility of the existence of optimal protein-lipid molar ratio to maximize water permeability. Elucidating these simulation results from a structural viewpoint suggests that there is a relationship between the permeability and changes in the hydrophobic thickness of the lipid membrane adjacent to the aquaporin as a structural parameter. The results of this study can help optimize the design of an aquaporin-lipid membrane by considering its molar ratio at an early stage of development.


Assuntos
Aquaporinas/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Bicamadas Lipídicas/metabolismo , Fosfolipídeos/metabolismo , Purificação da Água/métodos , Água/metabolismo , Aquaporinas/química , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/química , Interações Hidrofóbicas e Hidrofílicas , Bicamadas Lipídicas/química , Modelos Químicos , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Pressão Osmótica , Fosfolipídeos/química , Salinidade , Água/química
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PLoS Comput Biol ; 16(8): e1008145, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32853212

RESUMO

Oligomeric proteins are central to life. Duplication and divergence of their genes is a key evolutionary driver, also because duplications can yield very different outcomes. Given a homomeric ancestor, duplication can yield two paralogs that form two distinct homomeric complexes, or a heteromeric complex comprising both paralogs. Alternatively, one paralog remains a homomer while the other acquires a new partner. However, so far, conflicting trends have been noted with respect to which fate dominates, primarily because different methods and criteria are being used to assign the interaction status of paralogs. Here, we systematically analyzed all Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli oligomeric complexes that include paralogous proteins. We found that the proportions of homo-hetero duplication fates strongly depend on a variety of factors, yet that nonetheless, rigorous filtering gives a consistent picture. In E. coli about 50%, of the paralogous pairs appear to have retained the ancestral homomeric interaction, whereas in S. cerevisiae only ~10% retained a homomeric state. This difference was also observed when unique complexes were counted instead of paralogous gene pairs. We further show that this difference is accounted for by multiple cases of heteromeric yeast complexes that share common ancestry with homomeric bacterial complexes. Our analysis settles contradicting trends and conflicting previous analyses, and provides a systematic and rigorous pipeline for delineating the fate of duplicated oligomers in any organism for which protein-protein interaction data are available.


Assuntos
Evolução Biológica , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Duplicação Gênica , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(34): 20549-20554, 2020 08 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32788357

RESUMO

Recombinases polymerize along single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) at the end of a broken DNA to form a helical nucleofilament with a periodicity of ∼18 bases. The filament catalyzes the search and checking for homologous sequences and promotes strand exchange with a donor duplex during homologous recombination (HR), the mechanism of which has remained mysterious since its discovery. Here, by inserting mismatched segments into donor duplexes and using single-molecule techniques to catch transient intermediates in HR, we found that, even though 3 base pairs (bp) is still the basic unit, both the homology checking and the strand exchange may proceed in multiple steps at a time, resulting in ∼9-bp large steps on average. More interestingly, the strand exchange is blocked remotely by the mismatched segment, terminating at positions ∼9 bp before the match-mismatch joint. The homology checking and the strand exchange are thus separated in space, with the strand exchange lagging behind. Our data suggest that the strand exchange progresses like a traveling wave in which the donor DNA is incorporated successively into the ssDNA-RecA filament to check homology in ∼9-bp steps in the frontier, followed by a hypothetical transitional segment and then the post-strand-exchanged duplex.


Assuntos
Pareamento Incorreto de Bases , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Recombinação Homóloga , Recombinases Rec A/metabolismo , Desoxirribonucleases/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4292, 2020 08 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32855421

RESUMO

Cost competitive conversion of biomass-derived sugars into biofuel will require high yields, high volumetric productivities and high titers. Suitable production parameters are hard to achieve in cell-based systems because of the need to maintain life processes. As a result, next-generation biofuel production in engineered microbes has yet to match the stringent cost targets set by petroleum fuels. Removing the constraints imposed by having to maintain cell viability might facilitate improved production metrics. Here, we report a cell-free system in a bioreactor with continuous product removal that produces isobutanol from glucose at a maximum productivity of 4 g L-1 h-1, a titer of 275 g L-1 and 95% yield over the course of nearly 5 days. These production metrics exceed even the highly developed ethanol fermentation process. Our results suggest that moving beyond cells has the potential to expand what is possible for bio-based chemical production.


Assuntos
Bioquímica/métodos , Butanóis/metabolismo , Enzimas/metabolismo , Acetolactato Sintase/química , Acetolactato Sintase/metabolismo , Trifosfato de Adenosina , Oxirredutases do Álcool/genética , Oxirredutases do Álcool/metabolismo , Bioquímica/instrumentação , Reatores Biológicos , Sistema Livre de Células , Evolução Molecular Direcionada , Enzimas/química , Enzimas/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Glucose/metabolismo , Temperatura , Termodinâmica
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Mol Cell ; 80(1): 29-42.e10, 2020 10 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32857952

RESUMO

(p)ppGpp is a nucleotide messenger universally produced in bacteria following nutrient starvation. In E. coli, ppGpp inhibits purine nucleotide synthesis by targeting several different enzymes, but the physiological significance of their inhibition is unknown. Here, we report the structural basis of inhibition for one target, Gsk, the inosine-guanosine kinase. Gsk creates an unprecedented, allosteric binding pocket for ppGpp by restructuring terminal sequences, which restrains conformational dynamics necessary for catalysis. Guided by this structure, we generated a chromosomal mutation that abolishes Gsk regulation by ppGpp. This mutant strain accumulates abnormally high levels of purine nucleotides following amino-acid starvation, compromising cellular fitness. We demonstrate that this unrestricted increase in purine nucleotides is detrimental because it severely depletes pRpp and essential, pRpp-derived metabolites, including UTP, histidine, and tryptophan. Thus, our results reveal the significance of ppGpp's regulation of purine nucleotide synthesis and a critical mechanism by which E. coli coordinates biosynthetic processes during starvation.


Assuntos
Aminoácidos/biossíntese , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Guanosina Tetrafosfato/metabolismo , Nucleotídeos/biossíntese , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/química , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Retroalimentação Fisiológica , Guanosina Difosfato/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Proteica , Multimerização Proteica , Purinas/biossíntese , Pirimidinas/biossíntese
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008776, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32845938

RESUMO

Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) is a diarrheagenic pathotype associated with traveler's diarrhea, foodborne outbreaks and sporadic diarrhea in industrialized and developing countries. Regulation of virulence in EAEC is mediated by AggR and its negative regulator Aar. Together, they control the expression of at least 210 genes. On the other hand, we observed that about one third of Aar-regulated genes are related to metabolism and transport. In this study we show the AggR/Aar duo controls the metabolism of lipids. Accordingly, we show that AatD, encoded in the AggR-regulated aat operon (aatPABCD) is an N-acyltransferase structurally similar to the essential Apolipoprotein N-acyltransferase Lnt and is required for the acylation of Aap (anti-aggregation protein). Deletion of aatD impairs post-translational modification of Aap and causes its accumulation in the bacterial periplasm. trans-complementation of 042aatD mutant with the AatD homolog of ETEC or with the N-acyltransferase Lnt reestablished translocation of Aap. Site-directed mutagenesis of the E207 residue in the putative acyltransferase catalytic triad disrupted the activity of AatD and caused accumulation of Aap in the periplasm due to reduced translocation of Aap at the bacterial surface. Furthermore, Mass spectroscopy revealed that Aap is acylated in a putative lipobox at the N-terminal of the mature protein, implying that Aap is a lipoprotein. Lastly, deletion of aatD impairs bacterial colonization of the streptomycin-treated mouse model. Our findings unveiled a novel N-acyltransferase family associated with bacterial virulence, and that is tightly regulated by AraC/XylS regulators in the order Enterobacterales.


Assuntos
Acetiltransferases/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição AraC/metabolismo , Infecções por Escherichia coli/microbiologia , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/enzimologia , Escherichia coli/patogenicidade , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica , Acetiltransferases/genética , Acilação , Animais , Fator de Transcrição AraC/química , Fator de Transcrição AraC/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/química , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Óperon , Filogenia , Conformação Proteica , Virulência
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Mol Cell ; 79(5): 797-811.e8, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32750314

RESUMO

Pausing by RNA polymerase (RNAP) during transcription elongation, in which a translocating RNAP uses a "stepping" mechanism, has been studied extensively, but pausing by RNAP during initial transcription, in which a promoter-anchored RNAP uses a "scrunching" mechanism, has not. We report a method that directly defines the RNAP-active-center position relative to DNA with single-nucleotide resolution (XACT-seq; "crosslink-between-active-center-and-template sequencing"). We apply this method to detect and quantify pausing in initial transcription at 411 (∼4,000,000) promoter sequences in vivo in Escherichia coli. The results show initial-transcription pausing can occur in each nucleotide addition during initial transcription, particularly the first 4 to 5 nucleotide additions. The results further show initial-transcription pausing occurs at sequences that resemble the consensus sequence element for transcription-elongation pausing. Our findings define the positional and sequence determinants for initial-transcription pausing and establish initial-transcription pausing is hard coded by sequence elements similar to those for transcription-elongation pausing.


Assuntos
DNA Bacteriano/metabolismo , RNA Polimerases Dirigidas por DNA/metabolismo , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Análise de Sequência de DNA/métodos , Domínio Catalítico , Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica , Transcrição Genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4013, 2020 08 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32782250

RESUMO

Antibiotics that interfere with translation, when combined, interact in diverse and difficult-to-predict ways. Here, we explain these interactions by "translation bottlenecks": points in the translation cycle where antibiotics block ribosomal progression. To elucidate the underlying mechanisms of drug interactions between translation inhibitors, we generate translation bottlenecks genetically using inducible control of translation factors that regulate well-defined translation cycle steps. These perturbations accurately mimic antibiotic action and drug interactions, supporting that the interplay of different translation bottlenecks causes these interactions. We further show that growth laws, combined with drug uptake and binding kinetics, enable the direct prediction of a large fraction of observed interactions, yet fail to predict suppression. However, varying two translation bottlenecks simultaneously supports that dense traffic of ribosomes and competition for translation factors account for the previously unexplained suppression. These results highlight the importance of "continuous epistasis" in bacterial physiology.


Assuntos
Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Modelos Teóricos , Biossíntese de Proteínas/efeitos dos fármacos , Inibidores da Síntese de Proteínas/farmacologia , Interações Medicamentosas , Epistasia Genética , Escherichia coli/efeitos dos fármacos , Escherichia coli/fisiologia , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Biossíntese de Proteínas/fisiologia , Proteínas Ribossômicas/genética , Proteínas Ribossômicas/metabolismo , Ribossomos/efeitos dos fármacos , Ribossomos/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3690, 2020 07 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32704140

RESUMO

Mechanosensitive ion channels transduce physical force into electrochemical signaling that underlies an array of fundamental physiological processes, including hearing, touch, proprioception, osmoregulation, and morphogenesis. The mechanosensitive channels of small conductance (MscS) constitute a remarkably diverse superfamily of channels critical for management of osmotic pressure. Here, we present cryo-electron microscopy structures of a MscS homolog from Arabidopsis thaliana, MSL1, presumably in both the closed and open states. The heptameric MSL1 channel contains an unusual bowl-shaped transmembrane region, which is reminiscent of the evolutionarily and architecturally unrelated mechanosensitive Piezo channels. Upon channel opening, the curved transmembrane domain of MSL1 flattens and expands. Our structures, in combination with functional analyses, delineate a structural mechanism by which mechanosensitive channels open under increased membrane tension. Further, the shared structural feature between unrelated channels suggests the possibility of a unified mechanical gating mechanism stemming from membrane deformation induced by a non-planar transmembrane domain.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Arabidopsis/química , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Eucariotos/metabolismo , Ativação do Canal Iônico , Mecanotransdução Celular , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/ultraestrutura , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/química , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Canais Iônicos/química , Canais Iônicos/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Proteínas Mutantes/química , Proteínas Mutantes/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína
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Phys Rev Lett ; 125(2): 028103, 2020 Jul 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32701325

RESUMO

Bacterial ribosomes are composed of one-third protein and two-thirds RNA by mass. The predominance of RNA is often attributed to a primordial RNA world, but why exactly two-thirds remains a long-standing mystery. Here we present a quantitative analysis, based on the kinetics of ribosome self-replication, demonstrating that the 1∶2 protein-to-RNA mass ratio uniquely maximizes cellular growth rates in E. coli. A previously unrecognized growth law, and an invariant of bacterial growth, also follow from our analysis. The growth law reveals that the ratio between the number of ribosomes and the number of polymerases making ribosomal RNA is proportional to the cellular doubling time. The invariant is conserved across growth conditions and specifies how key microscopic parameters in the cell, such as transcription and translation rates, are coupled to cellular physiology. Quantitative predictions from the growth law and invariant are shown to be in excellent agreement with E. coli data despite having no fitting parameters. Our analysis can be readily extended to other bacteria once data become available.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Modelos Biológicos , RNA Bacteriano/metabolismo , RNA Ribossômico/metabolismo , Proteínas Ribossômicas/metabolismo , Ribossomos/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/genética , Ribossomos/genética
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PLoS Comput Biol ; 16(7): e1008024, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32609716

RESUMO

Vitamin B12 (or cobalamin) is an enzymatic cofactor essential both for mammals and bacteria. However, cobalamin can be synthesized only by few microorganisms so most bacteria need to take it up from the environment through the TonB-dependent transport system. The first stage of cobalamin import to E. coli cells occurs through the outer-membrane receptor called BtuB. Vitamin B12 binds with high affinity to the extracellular side of the BtuB protein. BtuB forms a ß-barrel with inner luminal domain and extracellular loops. To mechanically allow for cobalamin passage, the luminal domain needs to partially unfold with the help of the inner-membrane TonB protein. However, the mechanism of cobalamin permeation is unknown. Using all-atom molecular dynamics, we simulated the transport of cobalamin through the BtuB receptor embedded in an asymmetric and heterogeneous E. coli outer-membrane. To enhance conformational sampling of the BtuB loops, we developed the Gaussian force-simulated annealing method (GF-SA) and coupled it with umbrella sampling. We found that cobalamin needs to rotate in order to permeate through BtuB. We showed that the mobility of BtuB extracellular loops is crucial for cobalamin binding and transport and resembles an induced-fit mechanism. Loop mobility depends not only on the position of cobalamin but also on the extension of luminal domain. We provided atomistic details of cobalamin transport through the BtuB receptor showing the essential role of the mobility of BtuB extracellular loops. A similar TonB-dependent transport system is used also by many other compounds, such as haem and siderophores, and importantly, can be hijacked by natural antibiotics. Our work could have implications for future delivery of antibiotics to bacteria using this transport system.


Assuntos
Proteínas da Membrana Bacteriana Externa/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Vitamina B 12/metabolismo , Algoritmos , Antibacterianos/química , Sítios de Ligação , Biologia Computacional , Cristalografia por Raios X , Heme/química , Íons , Bicamadas Lipídicas/química , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Distribuição Normal , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , Dobramento de Proteína , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , Sacarose/química , Água/química
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Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz ; 115: e190469, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32638832

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BACKGROUND Oxidative stress is responsible for generating DNA lesions and the 8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG) is the most commonly lesion found in DNA damage. When this base is incorporated during DNA replication, it could generate double-strand DNA breaks and cellular death. MutT enzyme hydrolyzes the 8-oxoG from the nucleotide pool, preventing its incorporation during DNA replication. OBJECTIVES To investigate the importance of 8-oxoG in Leishmania infantum and L. braziliensis, in this study we analysed the impact of heterologous expression of Escherichia coli MutT (EcMutT) enzyme in drug-resistance phenotype and defense against oxidative stress. METHODS Comparative analysis of L. braziliensis and L. infantum H2O2 tolerance and cell cycle profile were performed. Lines of L. braziliensis and L. infantum expressing EcMutT were generated and evaluated using susceptibility tests to H2O2 and SbIII, cell cycle analysis, γH2A western blotting, and BrdU native detection assay. FINDINGS Comparative analysis of tolerance to oxidative stress generated by H2O2 showed that L. infantum is more tolerant to exogenous H2O2 than L. braziliensis. In addition, cell cycle analysis showed that L. infantum, after treatment with H2O2, remains in G1 phase, returning to its normal growth rate after 72 h. In contrast, after treatment with H2O2, L. braziliensis parasites continue to move to the next stages of the cell cycle. Expression of the E. coli MutT gene in L. braziliensis and L. infantum does not interfere in parasite growth or in susceptibility to SbIII. Interestingly, we observed that L. braziliensis EcMutT-expressing clones were more tolerant to H2O2 treatment, presented lower activation of γH2A, a biomarker of genotoxic stress, and lower replication stress than its parental non-transfected parasites. In contrast, the EcMutT is not involved in protection against oxidative stress generated by H2O2 in L. infantum. MAIN CONCLUSIONS Our results showed that 8-oxoG clearance in L. braziliensis is important to avoid misincorporation during DNA replication after oxidative stress generated by H2O2.


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Antimônio/toxicidade , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli , Guanina/análogos & derivados , Leishmania braziliensis/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmania infantum/efeitos dos fármacos , Pirofosfatases , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo , Animais , Antiprotozoários/farmacologia , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Guanina/farmacologia , Humanos , Peróxido de Hidrogênio/toxicidade , Leishmania braziliensis/enzimologia , Leishmania infantum/enzimologia , Camundongos , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Estresse Oxidativo/fisiologia , Pirofosfatases/genética , Pirofosfatases/metabolismo , Coelhos , Ratos , Superóxido Dismutase/genética
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(31): 18737-18743, 2020 08 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32675245

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The outer membrane (OM) of gram-negative bacteria confers innate resistance to toxins and antibiotics. Integral ß-barrel outer membrane proteins (OMPs) function to establish and maintain the selective permeability of the OM. OMPs are assembled into the OM by the ß-barrel assembly machine (BAM), which is composed of one OMP-BamA-and four lipoproteins-BamB, C, D, and E. BamB, C, and E can be removed individually with only minor effects on barrier function; however, depletion of either BamA or BamD causes a global defect in OMP assembly and results in cell death. We have identified a gain-of-function mutation, bamA E470K , that bypasses the requirement for BamD. Although bamD::kan bamA E470K cells exhibit growth and OM barrier defects, they assemble OMPs with surprising robustness. Our results demonstrate that BamD does not play a catalytic role in OMP assembly, but rather functions to regulate the activity of BamA.


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Proteínas da Membrana Bacteriana Externa , Membrana Externa Bacteriana , Proteínas de Escherichia coli , Mutação com Ganho de Função/genética , Membrana Externa Bacteriana/química , Membrana Externa Bacteriana/metabolismo , Proteínas da Membrana Bacteriana Externa/química , Proteínas da Membrana Bacteriana Externa/genética , Proteínas da Membrana Bacteriana Externa/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/química , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/química , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo
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