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Phylogenetic distribution of tir-cytoskeleton coupling protein (tccP and tccP2) genes in atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli

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Martins, Fernando H. ; Nepomuceno, Roberto ; Piazza, Roxane M. F. ; Elias, Waldir P.
Total Authors: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: FEMS Microbiology Letters; v. 364, n. 11 JUN 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) strains employ the type III secretion system (T3SS) effector Tir to induce actin cytoskeletal rearrangements. While some EPEC require tyrosine phosphorylation (Y-P) of Tir to trigger actin assembling, certain strains whose Tir is not tyrosine phosphorylated utilize the T3SS effector Tir-cytoskeleton coupling protein (TccP/TccP2) for efficient actin polymerization. The presence of tccP/tccP2 in typical EPEC belonging to distinct evolutionary lineages is well established but, in contrast, little is known about the distribution of these genes in atypical EPEC (aEPEC) showing distinct phylogenetic background. In this study, we screened 72 pathogenic aEPEC for the presence of tccP/tccP2 genes, and further characterized positive strains regarding tir type, phylogroups and production of TccP/TccP2. The tccP and/or tccP2 genes were detected in 45.8% of the strains, with a predominance of tccP2 allele. Most of these strains carried tirY-P, suggesting that can trigger actin polymerization using both Tir tyrosine phosphorylation and TccP/TccP2 pathways. aEPEC strains carrying tccP or tccP2 were significantly associated to phylogroups E and B1, respectively. We also observed a strain-to-strain variation regarding TccP/TccP2 production. Our results demonstrate a wide distribution of tccP/tccP2 genes among pathogenic aEPEC strains, as well associations between specific alleles and phylogenetic backgrounds. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/17403-0 - Role of EspFu protein on atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli
Grantee:Fernando Henrique Martins
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate