Molecular Basis of Phosphatidyl-myo-inositol Mannoside Biosynthesis and Regulation in Mycobacteria

ArticleinJournal of Biological Chemistry 285(44):33577-83 · October 2010with9 Reads
DOI: 10.1074/jbc.R110.168328 · Source: PubMed
Phosphatidyl-myo-inositol mannosides (PIMs) are unique glycolipids found in abundant quantities in the inner and outer membranes of the cell envelope of all Mycobacterium species. They are based on a phosphatidyl-myo-inositol lipid anchor carrying one to six mannose residues and up to four acyl chains. PIMs are considered not only essential structural components of the cell envelope but also the structural basis of the lipoglycans (lipomannan and lipoarabinomannan), all important molecules implicated in host-pathogen interactions in the course of tuberculosis and leprosy. Although the chemical structure of PIMs is now well established, knowledge of the enzymes and sequential events leading to their biosynthesis and regulation is still incomplete. Recent advances in the identification of key proteins involved in PIM biogenesis and the determination of the three-dimensional structures of the essential phosphatidyl-myo-inositol mannosyltransferase PimA and the lipoprotein LpqW have led to important insights into the molecular basis of this pathway.
    • "Several reports indicate that nucleotide sugar binding triggers and inter-domain rearrangement that brings both domains in close proximity, allowing the generation of a competent active site, including GS, 8-O-tetrangulol bolivosyltransferase LanGT2, and protein O-fucosyltransferase 2 (POFUT2) [49 ,50–53] (Figure 1b ,c). The phosphatidylinositol mannosyltransferase PimA is a membrane-associated enzyme that initiates the biosynthesis of key mycobacterial glycolipids such as phospha- tidylinositol mannosides, lipomannan and lipoarabinomannan (LAM) [54]. The enzyme transfers a Man residue from GDP-Man to the 2 position of the inositol ring of phosphatidylinositol at the inner side of the plasma membrane. "
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    • "The fourth ORF (A3ECDRAFT_0839) encoded a putative α-mannosyltransferase PimA (showed 49 % identity with homolog Rv2610c in M. tuberculosis H37Rv). Genetic evidences have showed that the pimA ortholog (RV2610c) in M. tuberculosis H37Rv encoded an essential enzyme for mycobacterial growth that initiates the biosynthetic pathway of PIMs [86, 87]. Therefore in C. ulceribovis, the presence of pgsA (A3E CDRAFT_0837) and pimA (A3ECDRAFT_0839) genes together within a cluster of genes suggested that PgsA (A3ECDRAFT_0837) may be a phosphatidylinositol synthase involved in PI biosynthesis which could be mannosylated by PimA (A3ECDRAFT_0839) leading to the synthesis of PIM. "
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    • "Moreover, labeling experiments with deuterated inositol indicated that the source of this metabolite is solely exogenous. In some bacteria, such as in mycobacteria, PI is further built up with other sugar residues, such as mannose, to form phosphatidyl-myoinositol mannosides (PIMs) [42]. In our study, no other lipids were seen to incorporate labeled myo-inositol, and so further derivatization of the inositol-containing lipids to form other major lipid components is not expected to occur in T. forsythia. "
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