Christophe Carnoy

University of Lille Nord de France, Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

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    ABSTRACT: [This corrects the article on p. e33310 in vol. 7.].
    PLoS ONE 07/2012; 7(7). · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the model organism E. coli, recombination mediated by the related XerC and XerD recombinases complexed with the FtsK translocase at specialized dif sites, resolves dimeric chromosomes into free monomers to allow efficient chromosome segregation at cell division. Computational genome analysis of Helicobacter pylori, a slow growing gastric pathogen, identified just one chromosomal xer gene (xerH) and its cognate dif site (difH). Here we show that recombination between directly repeated difH sites requires XerH, FtsK but not XerT, the TnPZ transposon associated recombinase. xerH inactivation was not lethal, but resulted in increased DNA per cell, suggesting defective chromosome segregation. The xerH mutant also failed to colonize mice, and was more susceptible to UV and ciprofloxacin, which induce DNA breakage, and thereby recombination and chromosome dimer formation. xerH inactivation and overexpression each led to a DNA segregation defect, suggesting a role for Xer recombination in regulation of replication. In addition to chromosome dimer resolution and based on the absence of genes for topoisomerase IV (parC, parE) in H. pylori, we speculate that XerH may contribute to chromosome decatenation, although possible involvement of H. pylori's DNA gyrase and topoisomerase III homologue are also considered. Further analyses of this system should contribute to general understanding of and possibly therapy development for H. pylori, which causes peptic ulcers and gastric cancer; for the closely related, diarrheagenic Campylobacter species; and for unrelated slow growing pathogens that lack topoisomerase IV, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
    PLoS ONE 04/2012; 7(4):e33310. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Among Yersinia spp., Y. enterocolitica is the species most frequently isolated from infected aneurysms. This report describes the first case of postaneurysmal prosthetic vascular infection due to a superantigen-negative Yersinia pseudotuberculosis strain, showing a potential affinity of this species for endovascular tissue.
    Journal of clinical microbiology 08/2010; 48(8):3024-6. · 4.23 Impact Factor
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    Christophe Carnoy, Claude-Alain Roten
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    ABSTRACT: In E. coli, 10 to 15% of growing bacteria produce dimeric chromosomes during DNA replication. These dimers are resolved by XerC and XerD, two tyrosine recombinases that target the 28-nucleotide motif (dif) associated with the chromosome's replication terminus. In streptococci and lactococci, an alternative system is composed of a unique, Xer-like recombinase (XerS) genetically linked to a dif-like motif (dif(SL)) located at the replication terminus. Preliminary observations have suggested that the dif/Xer system is commonly found in bacteria with circular chromosomes but that assumption has not been confirmed in an exhaustive analysis. The aim of the present study was to extensively characterize the dif/Xer system in the proteobacteria, since this taxon accounts for the majority of genomes sequenced to date. To that end, we analyzed 234 chromosomes from 156 proteobacterial species and showed that most species (87.8%) harbor XerC and XerD-like recombinases and a dif-related sequence which (i) is located in non-coding sequences, (ii) is close to the replication terminus (as defined by the cumulative GC skew) (iii) has a palindromic structure, (iv) is encoded by a low G+C content and (v) contains a highly conserved XerD binding site. However, not all proteobacteria display this dif/XerCD system. Indeed, a sub-group of pathogenic epsilon-proteobacteria (including Helicobacter sp and Campylobacter sp) harbors a different recombination system, composed of a single recombinase (XerH) which is phylogenetically distinct from the other Xer recombinases and a motif (dif(H)) sharing homologies with dif(SL). Furthermore, no homologs to dif or Xer recombinases could be detected in small endosymbiont genomes or in certain bacteria with larger chromosomes like the Legionellales. This raises the question of the presence of other chromosomal deconcatenation systems in these species. Our study highlights the complexity of dif/Xer recombinase systems in proteobacteria and paves the way for systematic detection of these components in prokaryotes.
    PLoS ONE 02/2009; 4(9):e6531. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An internal control of amplification was constructed by recombinant PCR to detect PCR inhibitors. This exogenous DNA was included in the reaction mixture and coamplified with the target gene. This detection was successfully applied to the diagnosis of whooping cough by amplification of a fragment of Bordetella pertussis IS481.
    Journal of Clinical Microbiology 06/2005; 43(5):2462-4. · 4.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The superantigen-encoding ypm gene and the pil gene cluster governing type IV pilus biogenesis have been laterally acquired by Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. PCR assays on 270 unrelated strains from various environmental and animal sources revealed a significant association of ypm and pil in isolates.
    Infection and Immunity 05/2005; 73(4):2556-8. · 4.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The pathogenic mechanism of recurrent or chronic urinary tract infection is poorly understood. Escherichia coli cells bearing Dr fimbriae display unique tropism to the basement membrane (BM)-renal interstitium that enables the bacteria to cause chronic pyelonephritis in experimental mice. The renal receptors for Dr-fimbriated E. coli are type IV collagen and decay-accelerating factor (DAF). We hypothesized that type IV collagen receptor-mediated BM-interstitial tropism is essential for E. coli to cause chronic pyelonephritis. To test the role of the type IV collagen tropism of Dr-fimbriated E. coli in renal persistence, we constructed an isogenic mutant in the DraE adhesin subunit that was unable to bind type IV collagen but retained binding to DAF and examined its virulence in the mouse model. The collagen-binding mutant DrI113T was eliminated from the mouse renal tissues in 6 to 8 weeks, while the parent strain caused persistent renal infection that lasted at least 14 weeks (P < or = 0.02). Transcomplementation with the intact Dr operon restored collagen-binding activity, BM-interstitial tropism, and the ability to cause persistent renal infection. We conclude that type IV collagen binding mediated by DraE adhesin is a critical step for the development of persistent renal infection in a murine model of E. coli pyelonephritis.
    Infection and Immunity 09/2004; 72(8):4827-35. · 4.16 Impact Factor
  • Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 02/2003; 529:133-5. · 2.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Yersinia pseudotuberculosis produces YPM (Y. pseudotuberculosis-derived mitogen), a superantigenic toxin that exacerbates the virulence of the bacterium in vivo. To date, three alleles of the superantigen gene (ypmA, ypmB, and ypmC) have been described. These genes are not found in all Y. pseudotuberculosis strains and have a low GC content, suggesting their location on mobile genetic elements. To elucidate this question, the genetic environment of the superantigen-encoding genes was characterized and 11 open reading frames (ORFs) were defined. Sequence analysis revealed that the ypm genes were not associated with plasmids, phages, transposons, or pathogenicity islands and that the superantigen genes were always located in the chromosome between ORF3 and ORF4. Nonsuperantigenic strains exhibited the same genetic organization of the locus but lacked the ypm gene between ORF3 and ORF4. A new insertion sequence, designated IS1398, which displays features of the Tn3 family, was characterized downstream of the ypmA and ypmC genes. A 13.3-kb region containing the ypm genes was not found in the genome of Y. pestis (CO92 and KIM 5 strains). We experimentally induced deletion of the ypm gene from a superantigen-expressing Y. pseudotuberculosis: using the association of aph(3')-IIIa and sacB genes, we demonstrated that when these reporter genes were present in the ypm locus, deletion of these genes was about 250 times more frequent than when they were located in another region of the Y. pseudotuberculosis chromosome. These results indicate that unlike other superantigenic toxin genes, the Yersinia ypm genes are not associated with mobile genetic elements but are inserted in an unstable locus of the genome.
    Journal of Bacteriology 09/2002; 184(16):4489-99. · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Superantigens (SAgs) are viral and bacterial proteins exhibiting a highly potent polyclonal lymphocyte-proliferating activity for CD4(+), CD8(+) and sometimes gammadelta(+) T cells of human and (or) various animal species. Unlike conventional antigens, SAgs bind as unprocessed proteins to invariant regions of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules on the surface of antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and to particular motifs of the variable region of the beta chain (Vbeta) of T-cell receptor (TcR) outside the antigen-binding groove. As a consequence, SAgs stimulate at nano-to picogram concentrations up to 10 to 30% of host T-cell repertoire while only one in 10(5)-10(6) T cells (0.01-0.0001%) are activated upon conventional antigenic peptide binding to TcR. SAg activation of an unusually high percentage of T lymphocytes initiates massive release of pro-inflammatory and other cytokines which play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of the diseases provoked by SAg-producing microorganisms. We briefly describe in this review the molecular and biological properties of the bacterial superantigen toxins and mitogens identified in the past decade.
    Toxicon 12/2001; 39(11):1691-701. · 2.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recently, a superantigenic toxin designated YPM (Yersinia pseudotuberculosis-derived mitogen) was characterized in the supernatant of Y. pseudotuberculosis, a Gram-negative bacterium involved in human enteric infection. To assess the role of YPM in pathophysiology of Y. pseudotuberculosis, a superantigen-deficient mutant was constructed and its virulence was tested in a murine model of infection and compared with the virulence of the wild-type strain (wt). Determination of the survival rate after intravenous inoculation of mice clearly demonstrated a higher survival rate when animals were infected with the superantigen-deficient strain. This decreased virulence of the mutant strain could not be explained by a lower bacterial growth rate in spleen, liver or lung of infected animals. Therefore, production of IFNgamma, TNFalpha, IL-2, IL-6 and IL-10 was followed during the course of infection by cytokine assay in the blood and mRNA detection in the spleen. IL-6 and IFNgamma were the two major cytokines detected whereas TNFalpha production was never observed.
    International Journal of Medical Microbiology 11/2000; 290(4-5):477-82. · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Diffusely adhering Escherichia coli (DAEC) strains expressing F1845 fimbrial adhesin or Dr hemagglutinin belonging to the Afa/Dr family of adhesins infect cultured polarized human intestinal cells through recognition of the brush border-associated decay-accelerating factor (DAF; CD55) as a receptor. The wild-type Afa/Dr DAEC strain C1845 has been shown to induce brush border lesions by an adhesin-dependent mechanism triggering apical F-actin rearrangements. In the present study, we undertook to further characterize cell injuries following the interaction of wild-type Afa/Dr DAEC strains C1845 and IH11128 expressing fimbrial F1845 adhesin and Dr hemagglutinin, respectively, with polarized, fully differentiated Caco-2/TC7 cells. In both cases, bacterium-cell interaction was followed by rearrangement of the major brush border-associated cytoskeletal proteins F-actin, villin, and fimbrin, proteins which play a pivotal role in brush border assembly. In contrast, distribution of G-actin, actin-depolymerizing factor, and tubulin was not modified. Using draE mutants, we found that a mutant in which cysteine replaces aspartic acid at position 54 conserved binding capacity but failed to induce F-actin disassembly. Accompanying the cytoskeleton injuries, we found that the distribution of brush border-associated functional proteins sucrase-isomaltase (SI), dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPPIV), glucose transporter SGLT1, and fructose transporter GLUT5 was dramatically altered. In parallel, SI and DPPIV enzyme activity decreased.
    Infection and Immunity 11/2000; · 4.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Afa/Dr family of diffusely adhering Escherichia coli (Afa/Dr DAEC) includes bacteria expressing afimbrial adhesins (AFA), Dr hemagglutinin, and fimbrial F1845 adhesin. We show that infection of human intestinal Caco-2/TC7 cells by the Afa/Dr DAEC strains C1845 and IH11128 is followed by clustering of CD55 around adhering bacteria. Mapping of CD55 epitopes involved in CD55 clustering by Afa/Dr DAEC was conducted using CD55 deletion mutants expressed by stable transfection in CHO cells. Deletion in the short consensus repeat 1 (SCR1) domain abolished Afa/Dr DAEC-induced CD55 clustering. In contrast, deletion in the SCR4 domain does not modify Afa/Dr DAEC-induced CD55 clustering. We show that the brush border-associated glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored protein CD66e (carcinoembryonic antigen) is recruited by the Afa/Dr DAEC strains C1845 and IH11128. This conclusion is based on the observations that (i) infection of Caco-2/TC7 cells by Afa/Dr DAEC strains is followed by clustering of CD66e around adhering bacteria and (ii) Afa/Dr DAEC strains bound efficiently to stably transfected HeLa cells expressing CD66e, accompanied by CD66e clustering around adhering bacteria. Inhibition assay using monoclonal antibodies directed against CD55 SCR domains, and polyclonal anti-CD55 and anti-CD66e antibodies demonstrate that CD55 and CD66e function as a receptors for the C1845 and IH11128 bacteria. Moreover, using structural draE gene mutants, we found that a mutant in which cysteine replaced aspartic acid at position 54 displayed conserved binding capacity but failed to induce CD55 and CD66e clustering. Taken together, these data give new insights into the mechanisms by which Afa/Dr DAEC induces adhesin-dependent cross talk in the human polarized intestinal epithelial cells by mobilizing brush border-associated GPI-anchored proteins known to function as transducing molecules.
    Infection and Immunity 07/2000; 68(6):3554-63. · 4.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, a gram-negative bacterium responsible for enteric and systemic infection in humans, produces a superantigenic toxin designated YPMa (Y. pseudotuberculosis-derived mitogen). To assess the role of YPMa in the pathogenesis of Y. pseudotuberculosis, we constructed a superantigen-deficient mutant and compared its virulence in a mouse model of infection to the virulence of the wild-type strain. Determination of the survival rate after intravenous (i.v.) bacterial inoculation of OF1 mice clearly showed that inactivation of ypmA, encoding YPMa, reduced the virulence of Y. pseudotuberculosis. Mice infected i.v. with 10(4) and 10(5) wild-type bacteria died within 9 days, whereas mice infected with the ypmA mutant survived 12 and 3 days longer, respectively. This decreased virulence of the ypmA mutant strain was not due to an impaired colonization of the spleen, liver, or lungs. In contrast to i.v. challenge, bacterial inoculation by the intragastric (i.g.) route did not reveal any difference in virulence between wild-type Y. pseudotuberculosis and the ypmA mutant since the 50% lethal doses were identical for both strains. Moreover, inactivation of ypmA gene did not affect the bacterial growth of Y. pseudotuberculosis in Peyer's patches, mesenteric lymph nodes (MLNs), and spleen after oral infection. Histological studies of spleen, liver, lungs, heart, Peyer's patches, and MLNs after i.v. or i.g. challenge with the wild type or the ypmA mutant did not reveal any feature that can be specifically related to YPMa. Our data show that the superantigenic toxin YPMa contributes to the virulence of Y. pseudotuberculosis in systemic infection in mice.
    Infection and Immunity 06/2000; 68(5):2553-9. · 4.16 Impact Factor
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    Christophe Carnoy, Steve L. Moseley
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    ABSTRACT: The fimbrial and afimbrial adhesins of the Dr family mediate the adherence of uropathogenic and diarrhoea-associated Escherichia coli to decay-accelerating factor (DAF) present on erythrocytes and other cell types. The Dr haemagglutinin binds type IV collagen and, unlike other members of the Dr family, mediates an adherence inhibited in the presence of chloramphenicol. We examined the ability of other members of the Dr family-AFAI, AFAIII, and F1845-to bind to type IV collagen, and demonstrated that the collagen-binding phenotype was unique to the Dr haemagglutinin. We employed site-directed mutagenesis to demonstrate the requirement of a negatively charged amino-acid at position 54 of the Dr haemagglutinin subunit for chloramphenicol sensitivity of binding. Mutations at position 32, 40, 54, 90, and 113 differently affected type IV collagen binding and chloramphenicol sensitivity of binding, while retaining DAF-binding capability. These results suggest the existence of a conformational receptor-binding domain in the major structural subunit of Dr family adhesins and demonstrate that chloramphenicol sensitivity of binding and adherence to type IV collagen were independent and separable phenotypes. Finally, we showed that the two conserved cysteine residues of Dr family structural subunits form a disulphide bond and that mutations of these residues abolish haemagglutination and binding to type IV collagen.
    Molecular Microbiology 02/1997; 23(2):365-79. · 5.03 Impact Factor

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300 Citations
55.57 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2012
    • University of Lille Nord de France
      Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • 2009
    • Université du Droit et de la Santé Lille 2
      Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • 1997–2004
    • University of Washington Seattle
      • Department of Microbiology
      Seattle, Washington, United States
  • 2000–2002
    • Institut Pasteur de Lille
      Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
    • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
      • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Galveston, TX, United States
  • 2000–2001
    • Institut de Biologie de Lille
      Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France