Identification and molecular cloning of a gene encoding a fibronectin-binding protein (CadF) from Campylobacter jejuni.
ABSTRACT Campylobacter jejuni, a Gram-negative bacterium, is a common cause of gastrointestinal disease. By analogy with other enteric pathogens such as Salmonella and Shigella, the ability of C. jejuni to bind to host cells is thought to be essential in the pathogenesis of enteritis. Scanning electron microscopy of infected INT407 cells suggested that C. jejuni bound to a component of the extracellular matrix. Binding assays using immobilized extracellular matrix proteins and soluble fibronectin showed specific and saturable binding of fibronectin to C. jejuni. Ligand immunoblot assays using 125I-labelled fibronectin revealed specific binding to an outer membrane protein with an apparent molecular mass of 37 kDa. A rabbit antiserum, raised against the gel-purified protein, reacted with a 37 kDa protein in all C. jejuni isolates (n = 15) as tested by immunoblot analysis. Antibodies present in convalescent serum from C. jejuni-infected individuals also recognized a 37 kDa protein. The gene encoding the immunoreactive 37kDa protein was cloned and sequenced. Sequencing of overlapping DNA fragments revealed an open reading frame (ORF) that encodes a protein of 326 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 36872Da. The deduced amino acid sequence of the ORF exhibited 52% similarity and 28% identity to the root adhesin protein from Pseudomonas fluorescens. Isogenic C. jejuni mutants which lack the 37 kDa outer membrane protein, which we have termed CadF, displayed significantly reduced binding to fibronectin. Biotinylated fibronectin bound to a protein with an apparent molecular mass of 37 kDa in the outer membrane protein extracts from wild-type C. jejuni as judged by ligand-binding blots. These results indicate that the binding of C. jejuni to fibronectin is mediated by the 37 kDa outer membrane protein which is conserved among C. jejuni isolates.
European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology. 01/2012; 1:32-40.
Article: The signaling pathway of Campylobacter jejuni-induced Cdc42 activation: Role of fibronectin, integrin beta1, tyrosine kinases and guanine exchange factor Vav2.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Host cell invasion by the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni is considered as one of the primary reasons of gut tissue damage, however, mechanisms and key factors involved in this process are widely unclear. It was reported that small Rho GTPases, including Cdc42, are activated and play a role during invasion, but the involved signaling cascades remained unknown. Here we utilised knockout cell lines derived from fibronectin-/-, integrin-beta1-/-, focal adhesion kinase (FAK)-/- and Src/Yes/Fyn-/- deficient mice, and wild-type control cells, to investigate C. jejuni-induced mechanisms leading to Cdc42 activation and bacterial uptake. Using high-resolution scanning electron microscopy, GTPase pulldowns, G-Lisa and gentamicin protection assays we found that each studied host factor is necessary for induction of Cdc42-GTP and efficient invasion. Interestingly, filopodia formation and associated membrane dynamics linked to invasion were only seen during infection of wild-type but not in knockout cells. Infection of cells stably expressing integrin-beta1 variants with well-known defects in fibronectin fibril formation or FAK signaling also exhibited severe deficiencies in Cdc42 activation and bacterial invasion. We further demonstrated that infection of wild-type cells induces increasing amounts of phosphorylated FAK and growth factor receptors (EGFR and PDGFR) during the course of infection, correlating with accumulating Cdc42-GTP levels and C. jejuni invasion over time. In studies using pharmacological inhibitors, silencing RNA (siRNA) and dominant-negative expression constructs, EGFR, PDGFR and PI3-kinase appeared to represent other crucial components upstream of Cdc42 and invasion. siRNA and the use of Vav1/2-/- knockout cells further showed that the guanine exchange factor Vav2 is required for Cdc42 activation and maximal bacterial invasion. Overexpression of certain mutant constructs indicated that Vav2 is a linker molecule between Cdc42 and activated EGFR/PDGFR/PI3-kinase. Using C. jejuni mutant strains we further demonstrated that the fibronectin-binding protein CadF and intact flagella are involved in Cdc42-GTP induction, indicating that the bacteria may directly target the fibronectin/integrin complex for inducing signaling leading to its host cell entry. Collectively, our findings led us propose that C. jejuni infection triggers a novel fibronectin→integrin-beta1→FAK/Src→EGFR/PDGFR→PI3-kinase→Vav2 signaling cascade, which plays a crucial role for Cdc42 GTPase activity associated with filopodia formation and enhances bacterial invasion.Cell Communication and Signaling 12/2011; 9:32. · 5.50 Impact Factor
Article: Rapid paracellular transmigration of Campylobacter jejuni across polarized epithelial cells without affecting TER: role of proteolytic-active HtrA cleaving E-cadherin but not fibronectin.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Campylobacter jejuni is one of the most important bacterial pathogens causing food-borne illness worldwide. Crossing the intestinal epithelial barrier and host cell entry by C. jejuni is considered the primary reason of damage to the intestinal tissue, but the molecular mechanisms as well as major bacterial and host cell factors involved in this process are still widely unclear. In the present study, we characterized the serine protease HtrA (high-temperature requirement A) of C. jejuni as a secreted virulence factor with important proteolytic functions. Infection studies and in vitro cleavage assays showed that C. jejuni's HtrA triggers shedding of the extracellular E-cadherin NTF domain (90 kDa) of non-polarised INT-407 and polarized MKN-28 epithelial cells, but fibronectin was not cleaved as seen for H. pylori's HtrA. Deletion of the htrA gene in C. jejuni or expression of a protease-deficient S197A point mutant did not lead to loss of flagella or reduced bacterial motility, but led to severe defects in E-cadherin cleavage and transmigration of the bacteria across polarized MKN-28 cell layers. Unlike other highly invasive pathogens, transmigration across polarized cells by wild-type C. jejuni is highly efficient and is achieved within a few minutes of infection. Interestingly, E-cadherin cleavage by C. jejuni occurs in a limited fashion and transmigration required the intact flagella as well as HtrA protease activity, but does not reduce transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) as seen with Salmonella, Shigella, Listeria or Neisseria. These results suggest that HtrA-mediated E-cadherin cleavage is involved in rapid crossing of the epithelial barrier by C. jejuni via a very specific mechanism using the paracellular route to reach basolateral surfaces, but does not cleave the fibronectin receptor which is necessary for cell entry.Gut Pathogens 04/2012; 4(1):3. · 2.11 Impact Factor