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Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Xylan Degradation by Xanthomonas Plant Pathogens

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Santos, Camila Ramos [1] ; Hoffmam, Zaira Bruna [2] ; de Matos Martins, Vanesa Peixoto [1] ; Zanphorlin, Leticia Maria [2] ; de Paula Assis, Leandro Henrique [1] ; Honorato, Rodrigo Vargas [1] ; Lopes de Oliveira, Paulo Sergio [1] ; Ruller, Roberto [2] ; Murakami, Mario Tyago [1]
Total Authors: 9
[1] Natl Ctr Res Energy & Mat, Biosci Natl Lab, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Natl Ctr Res Energy & Mat, Bioethanol Sci & Technol Lab, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Biological Chemistry; v. 289, n. 46, p. 32186-32200, NOV 14 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 20

Xanthomonas pathogens attack a variety of economically relevant plants, and their xylan CUT system (carbohydrate utilization with TonB-dependent outer membrane transporter system) contains two major xylanase-related genes, xynA and xynB, which influence biofilm formation and virulence by molecular mechanisms that are still elusive. Herein, we demonstrated that XynA is a rare reducing end xylose-releasing exo-oligoxylanase and not an endo--1,4-xylanase as predicted. Structural analysis revealed that an insertion in the 7-7 loop induces dimerization and promotes a physical barrier at the +2 subsite conferring this unique mode of action within the GH10 family. A single mutation that impaired dimerization became XynA active against xylan, and high endolytic activity was achieved when this loop was tailored to match a canonical sequence of endo--1,4-xylanases, supporting our mechanistic model. On the other hand, the divergent XynB proved to be a classical endo--1,4-xylanase, despite the low sequence similarity to characterized GH10 xylanases. Interestingly, this enzyme contains a calcium ion bound nearby to the glycone-binding region, which is required for catalytic activity and structural stability. These results shed light on the molecular basis for xylan degradation by Xanthomonas and suggest how these enzymes synergistically assist infection and pathogenesis. Our findings indicate that XynB contributes to breach the plant cell wall barrier, providing nutrients and facilitating the translocation of effector molecules, whereas the exo-oligoxylanase XynA possibly participates in the suppression of oligosaccharide-induced immune responses. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/07135-1 - Multi-user equipament approved in grant 2013/13309-0: Beckman Coulter capillary electrophoresis systems with LIF detection system
Grantee:Mário Tyago Murakami
Support type: Multi-user Equipment Program
FAPESP's process: 10/51890-8 - SMOLBnet 2.0: Structural studies of transcription factors involved in the regulation of hydrolytic enzyme genes and swollenin from Aspergillus niger and A. fumigatus
Grantee:Mário Tyago Murakami
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/13309-0 - Studies of the structural and functional behavior of enzymes evolutionarily specialized in the degradation of plant biomass with potential biotechnological applications
Grantee:Mário Tyago Murakami
Support type: Regular Research Grants