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The Acinetobacter baumannii Mla system and glycerophospholipid transport to the outer membrane

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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e40171 doi: 10.7554/eLife.40171

Abstract

The outer membrane (OM) of Gram-negative bacteria serves as a selective permeability barrier that allows entry of essential nutrients while excluding toxic compounds, including antibiotics. The OM is asymmetric and contains an outer leaflet of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) or lipooligosaccharides (LOS) and an inner leaflet of glycerophospholipids (GPL). We screened Acinetobacter baumannii transposon mutants and identified a number of mutants with OM defects, including an ABC transporter system homologous to the Mla system in E. coli. We further show that this opportunistic, antibiotic-resistant pathogen uses this multicomponent protein complex and ATP hydrolysis at the inner membrane to promote GPL export to the OM. The broad conservation of the Mla system in Gram-negative bacteria suggests the system may play a conserved role in OM biogenesis. The importance of the Mla system to Acinetobacter baumannii OM integrity and antibiotic sensitivity suggests that its components may serve as new antimicrobial therapeutic targets.

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  1. Cassandra Kamischke

    Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  2. Junping Fan

    Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  3. Julien Bergeron

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  4. Hemantha D Kulasekara

    Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  5. Zachary D Dalebroux

    Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  6. Anika Burrell

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  7. Justin M Kollman

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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  8. Samuel I Miller

    Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (U19AI107775)

  • Samuel I Miller

National Institutes of Health (R01GM118396)

  • Justin M Kollman

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. Tâm Mignot, Aix Marseille University-CNRS UMR7283, France

Publication history

  1. Received: July 17, 2018
  2. Accepted: January 11, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: January 14, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: February 6, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Kamischke et al.

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