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A protein secreted by the Salmonella type III secretion system controls needle filament assembly

  1. Junya Kato
  2. Supratim Dey
  3. Jose E Soto
  4. Carmen Butan
  5. Mason C Wilkinson
  6. Roberto N De Guzman  Is a corresponding author
  7. Jorge E Galan  Is a corresponding author
  1. Yale University School of Medicine, United States
  2. University of Kansas, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e35886 doi: 10.7554/eLife.35886

Abstract

Type III protein secretion systems (T3SS) are encoded by several pathogenic or symbiotic bacteria. The central component of this nanomachine is the needle complex. Here we show in a Salmonella Typhimurium T3SS that assembly of the needle filament of this structure requires OrgC, a protein encoded within the T3SS gene cluster. Absence of OrgC results in significantly reduced number of needle substructures but does not affect needle length. We show that OrgC is secreted by the T3SS and that exogenous addition of OrgC can complement a ∆orgC mutation. We also show that OrgC interacts with the needle filament subunit PrgI and accelerates its polymerization into filaments in vitro. The structure of OrgC shows a novel fold with a shared topology with a domain from flagellar capping proteins. These findings identify a novel component of T3SS and provide new insight into the assembly of the type III secretion machine.

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  1. Junya Kato

    Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, United States
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  2. Supratim Dey

    Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States
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  3. Jose E Soto

    Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, United States
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  4. Carmen Butan

    Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, United States
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  5. Mason C Wilkinson

    Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States
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  6. Roberto N De Guzman

    Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States
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    rdguzman@ku.edu
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  7. Jorge E Galan

    Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine, New haven, United States
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    jorge.galan@yale.edu
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
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Funding

National Institutes of Health (AI079022)

  • Jorge E Galan

National Institutes of Health (AI074856)

  • Roberto N De Guzman

National Institutes of Health (P20GM103418)

  • Mason C Wilkinson

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

Reviewing Editor

  1. Gisela Storz, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: February 12, 2018
  2. Accepted: July 16, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 17, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: July 30, 2018 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record updated: November 9, 2018 (version 3)

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© 2018, Kato 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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