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Chlamydia interfere with an interaction between the mannose-6-phosphate receptor and sorting nexins to counteract host restriction

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Cite this article as: eLife 2017;6:e22709 doi: 10.7554/eLife.22709

Abstract

Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular pathogen that resides in a membrane-bound compartment, the inclusion. The bacteria secrete a unique class of proteins, Incs, which insert into the inclusion membrane and modulate the host-bacterium interface. We previously reported that IncE binds specifically to the Sorting Nexin 5 Phox domain (SNX5-PX) and disrupts retromer trafficking. Here, we present the crystal structure of the SNX5-PX:IncE complex, showing IncE bound to a unique and highly conserved hydrophobic groove on SNX5. Mutagenesis of the SNX5-PX:IncE binding surface disrupts a previously unsuspected interaction between SNX5 and the cation-independent mannose-6-phosphate receptor (CI-MPR). Addition of IncE peptide inhibits the interaction of CI-MPR with SNX5. Finally, C. trachomatis infection interferes with the SNX5:CI-MPR interaction, suggesting that IncE and CI-MPR are dependent on the same binding surface on SNX5. Our results provide new insights into retromer assembly and underscore the power of using pathogens to discover disease-related cell biology.

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  1. Cherilyn A Elwell

    Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  2. Nadine Czudnochowski

    Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  3. John von Dollen

    Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  4. Jeffrey R Johnson

    Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  5. Rachel Nakagawa

    Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  6. Kathleen Mirrashidi

    Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  7. Nevan J Krogan

    Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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  8. Joanne N Engel

    Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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    joanne.engel@ucsf.edu
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  9. Oren S Rosenberg

    Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
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    oren.rosenberg@ucsf.edu
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National Institutes of Health (K08AI091656)

  • Oren S Rosenberg

National Institutes of Health (AI073770)

  • Joanne N Engel

National Institutes of Health (AI105561)

  • Joanne N Engel

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Suzanne R Pfeffer, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: October 26, 2016
  2. Accepted: February 26, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: March 2, 2017 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: March 23, 2017 (version 2)

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© 2017, Elwell et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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