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Pore forming toxins

Toshihiko Akiba, Shiro Okumura
Parasporins are novel protein toxins preferentially cytotoxic against human cancer cells. They are obtained from parasporal inclusions of Bacillus thuringiensis and, accordingly, are considered congeners of the insecticidal Cry toxins. Two types of parasporins have been identified: the three-domain Cry toxin type and the β-pore-forming-toxin (β-PFT) type. Crystal structures of representative members of the two types, PS1Aa1 and PS2Aa1, have been determined and compared with those of well-studied toxins. PS1Aa1 has a typical architecture characteristic of the three-domain insecticidal Cry toxins, though it is cleaved into two polypeptides...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
Xiaoye Liu, Shuangyang Ding, Peijie Shi, Richard Dietrich, Erwin Märtlbauer, Kui Zhu
Bacillus cereus is an opportunistic pathogen that often causes foodborne infectious diseases and food poisoning. Non-haemolytic enterotoxin (Nhe) is the major toxin found in almost all enteropathogenic B. cereus and B. thuringiensis isolates. However, little is known about the cellular response after Nhe triggered pore formation on cell membrane. Here we demonstrate that Nhe induced cell cycle arrest at G0 /G1 phase and provoked apoptosis in Vero cells, most likely associated with mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and death receptor pathways...
October 20, 2016: Cellular Microbiology
Emmanuel Bourinet, Gerald W Zamponi
Venoms from various predatory species, such as fish hunting mollusks scorpions, snakes and arachnids contain a large spectrum of toxins that include blockers of voltage-gated calcium channels. These peptide blockers act by two principal manners - physical occlusion of the pore and prevention of activation gating. Many of the calcium channel-blocking peptides have evolved to tightly occupy their binding pocket on the principal pore forming subunit of the channel, often rendering block poorly reversible. Moreover, several of the best characterized blocking peptides have developed a high degree of channel subtype selectivity...
October 15, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Dimitri Chérier, Sean Giacomucci, Delphine Patin, Ahmed Bouhss, Thierry Touzé, Didier Blanot, Dominique Mengin-Lecreulx, Hélène Barreteau
Colicins are bacterial toxins produced by some Escherichia coli strains. They exhibit either enzymatic or pore-forming activity towards a very limited number of bacterial species, due to the high specificity of their reception and translocation systems. Yet, we succeeded in making the colicin M homologue from Pectobacterium carotovorum, pectocin M1 (PcaM1), capable of inhibiting E. coli cell growth by bypassing these reception and translocation steps. This goal was achieved through periplasmic expression of this pectocin...
October 8, 2016: Antibiotics
Julien Karim Malet, Pascale Cossart, David Ribet
Bacterial pathogens can interfere during infection with host cell organelles, such as mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum-Golgi system or nuclei. As important cellular functions are often compartmentalized in these organelles, their targeting allows pathogens to manipulate key host functions during infection. Here, we identify lysosomes as a new class of organelles targeted by the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. We demonstrate that extracellular Listeria, via secretion of the pore-forming toxin Listeriolysin O (LLO), alter lysosomal integrity in epithelial cells, but not in macrophages...
October 14, 2016: Cellular Microbiology
Soshi Seike, Masaya Takehara, Keiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Nagahama
BACKGROUND: Beta-toxin produced by Clostridium perfringens is a key virulence factor of fatal hemorrhagic enterocolitis and enterotoxemia. This toxin belongs to a family of β-pore-forming toxins (PFTs). We reported recently that the ATP-gated P2X7 receptor interacts with beta-toxin. The ATP-release channel pannexin 1 (Panx1) is an important contributor to P2X7 receptor signaling. Hence, we investigated the involvement of Panx1 in beta-toxin-caused cell death. METHODS: We examined the effect of Panx1 in beta-toxin-induced cell death utilizing selective antagonists, knockdown of Panx1, and binding using dot-blot analysis...
October 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Chuanfen Pu, Wenting Tang
Contamination of Listeria monocytogenes in food and their processing environment is a focus of attention in the food industry. To achieve the controlled release of antibacterial agents to a food processing environment contaminated by L. monocytogenes, chitosan-stabilised liposomes encapsulating Apep10 (GLARCLAGTL), an antibacterial peptide derived from boiled-dried anchovies, were prepared by utilising listeria toxins to activate the peptide release. Characteristics including the particle size, polydispersity index (PDI), encapsulation efficiency (EE), and morphology of the chitosan-coated Apep10 liposomes were investigated...
October 12, 2016: Food & Function
Meng Song, Li Li, Meng Li, Yonghong Cha, Xuming Deng, Jianfeng Wang
Streptococcus pneumoniae is an important human pathogenic bacterium that can cause various life-threatening infections. Pneumolysin (PLY), the pore-forming toxin that forms large pores in the cell membrane, is a key virulence factor secreted by S. pneumoniae that penetrates the physical defenses of the host and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of pneumococcal diseases, such as pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia and otitis media. This study showed that apigenin, one of the bioflavonoids widely found in herbs, inhibits PLY-induced hemolysis by inhibiting the oligomerization of PLY and has no anti-S...
September 28, 2016: Fitoterapia
Zhi-Gang Huang, Hao-Wen Liu, Zhen-Zhen Yan, Sheng Wang, Lu-Yang Wang, Jiu-Ping Ding
Large-conductance Ca(2+)- and voltage- activated potassium (MaxiK or BK) channels are composed of a pore-forming α subunit (Slo) and four types of auxiliary β subunits or just a pore-forming α subunit. Although multiple N-linked glycosylation sites in the extracellular loop of β subunits have been identified, very little is known about how glycosylation influences the structure and function of BK channels. Using a combination of site-directed mutagenesis, western blot and patch-clamp recordings, we demonstrated that three sites in the extracellular loop of β2 subunit are N-glycosylated (N-X-T/S at N88, N96 and N119)...
October 3, 2016: Channels
Otilia V Vieira
Disruption of the cell plasma membrane can occur due to mechanical damage, pore forming toxins, etc. Resealing or plasma membrane repair (PMR) is the emergency response required for cell survival. It is triggered by Ca(2+) entering through the disruption, causing organelles such as lysosomes located underneath the plasma membrane to fuse rapidly with the adjacent plasma membrane. We have recently identified some of the molecular traffic machinery that is involved in this vital process. Specifically, we showed that 2 members of the Rab family of small GTPases, Rab3a and Rab10, are essential for lysosome exocytosis and PMR in cells challenged with a bacterial toxin, streptolysin-O (SLO)...
September 29, 2016: Small GTPases
Mohammad Bagher Javadi, Gerd Katzenmeier
Helicobacter pylori is a human-specific Gram-negative pathogenic bacterium which colonizes the gastric mucosal layer in the stomach causing diseases such as peptic ulcer, adenocarcinoma, and gastric lymphoma. It is estimated that approximately half of the world's population is infected with H. pylori making it the most intensively characterized microbial pathogen up to now. Hemolysis has been suggested to significantly contribute to colonization of the stomach and disease progression by H. pylori. In a number of earlier studies, TlyA was characterized as a putative pore-forming cytolysin...
December 2016: Current Microbiology
Pradeep Sathyanarayana, Rajat Desikan, K Ganapathy Ayappa, Sandhya S Visweswariah
Pore-forming toxins (PFTs) bind to cell membranes and form nanoscale pores that allow leakage of cellular components, resulting in cell death. The water-soluble, monomeric form of these toxins shows a dramatic conformational change during pore formation, as exemplified by crystal structures of the monomer and functional pore of cytolysin A (ClyA). The solvent-exposed, C-terminal residues of the protein are essential for activity, but the mechanism by which this region regulates pore formation remains unknown...
October 13, 2016: Biochemistry
Carus H Y Lau, Glenn F King, Mehdi Mobli
Voltage-sensor domains (VSDs) are modular transmembrane domains of voltage-gated ion channels that respond to changes in membrane potential by undergoing conformational changes that are coupled to gating of the ion-conducting pore. Most spider-venom peptides function as gating modifiers by binding to the VSDs of voltage-gated channels and trapping them in a closed or open state. To understand the molecular basis underlying this mode of action, we used nuclear magnetic resonance to delineate the atomic details of the interaction between the VSD of the voltage-gated potassium channel KvAP and the spider-venom peptide VSTx1...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lucien Fabre, Eugenio Santelli, Driss Mountassif, Annemarie Donoghue, Aviroop Biswas, Rikard Blunck, Dorit Hanein, Niels Volkmann, Robert Liddington, Isabelle Rouiller
Anthrax toxin comprises three soluble proteins: protective antigen (PA), lethal factor (LF), and edema factor (EF). PA must be cleaved by host proteases before it oligomerizes and forms a prepore, to which LF and EF bind. After endocytosis of this tripartite complex, the prepore transforms into a narrow transmembrane pore that delivers unfolded LF and EF into the host cytosol. Here, we find that translocation of multiple 90-kD LF molecules is rapid and efficient. To probe the molecular basis of this translocation, we calculated a three-dimensional map of the fully loaded (PA63)7-(LF)3 prepore complex by cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM)...
October 2016: Journal of General Physiology
O V Nekrasova, A D Volyntseva, K S Kudryashova, V N Novoseletsky, E A Lyapina, A V Illarionova, S A Yakimov, Yu V Korolkova, K V Shaitan, M P Kirpichnikov, A V Feofanov
Potassium voltage-gated Kv1.6 channel, which is distributed primarily in neurons of central and peripheral nervous systems, is of significant physiological importance. To date, several high-affinity Kv1.6-channel blockers are known, but the lack of selective ones among them hampers the studies of tissue localization and functioning of Kv1.6 channels. Here we present an approach to advanced understanding of interactions of peptide toxin blockers with a Kv1.6 pore. It combines molecular modeling studies and an application of a new bioengineering system based on a KcsA-Kv1...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Mohammed S Chaudhry, Kimberly C Gilmour, Imran G House, Mark Layton, Nicki Panoskaltsis, Mamta Sohal, Joseph A Trapani, Ilia Voskoboinik
Perforin, a pore-forming toxin released from secretory granules of NK cells and CTLs, is essential for their cytotoxic activity against infected or cancerous target cells. Bi-allelic loss-of-function mutations in the perforin gene are invariably associated with a fatal immunoregulatory disorder, familial haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis type 2 (FHL2), in infants. More recently, it has also been recognized that partial loss of perforin function can cause disease in later life, including delayed onset FHL2 and haematological malignancies...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Mi-Gyeong Kim, Yuna Shon, Jinyoung Kim, Yu-Kyoung Oh
BACKGROUND: The tumor microenvironment has recently emerged as a new target of anticancer chemotherapy. Selective activation of anticancer chemotherapy in the tumor microenvironment would further reduce the toxicity of anticancer drugs toward normal tissues. Fibroblast activation protein (FAP) is known to be selectively overexpressed on cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in the tumor microenvironment. Here, we designed an anticancer chemotherapeutic system based on promelittin, a peptide toxin that is selectively converted from an inactive form to the pore-forming melittin upon cleavage by FAP in the tumor microenvironment...
January 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Sudarat Tharad, José L Toca-Herrera, Boonhiang Promdonkoy, Chartchai Krittanai
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Cyt2Aa2 showed toxicity against Dipteran insect larvae and in vitro lysis activity on several cells. It has potential applications in the biological control of insect larvae. Although pore-forming and/or detergent-like mechanisms were proposed, the mechanism underlying cytolytic activity remains unclear. Analysis of the haemolytic activity of Cyt2Aa2 with osmotic stabilizers revealed partial toxin inhibition, suggesting a distinctive mechanism from the putative pore formation model...
October 2016: Bioscience Reports
Carsten Wloka, Natalie Lisa Mutter, Misha Soskine, Giovanni Maglia
Nanopores are used in single-molecule DNA analysis and sequencing. Herein, we show that Fragaceatoxin C (FraC), an α-helical pore-forming toxin from an actinoporin protein family, can be reconstituted in sphingomyelin-free standard planar lipid bilayers. We engineered FraC for DNA analysis and show that the funnel-shaped geometry allows tight wrapping around single-stranded DNA (ssDNA), resolving between homopolymeric C, T, and A polynucleotide stretches. Remarkably, despite the 1.2 nm internal constriction of FraC, double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) can translocate through the nanopore at high applied potentials, presumably through the deformation of the α-helical transmembrane region of the pore...
September 26, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Susana Manzano, Zoraida Megías, Cecilia Martínez, Alicia García, Encarnación Aguado, Tarik Chileh, Diego López-Alonso, Federico García-Maroto, Eduard Kejnovský, Jiří Široký, Zdeněk Kubát, Tereza Králová, Boris Vyskot, Manuel Jamilena
Sex determination in Rumex acetosa, a dioecious plant with a complex XY1 Y2 sex chromosome system (females are XX and males are XY1 Y2 ), is not controlled by an active Y chromosome but depends on the ratio between the number of X chromosomes and autosomes. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms of sex determination, we generated a subtracted cDNA library enriched in genes specifically or predominantly expressed in female floral buds in early stages of development, when sex determination mechanisms come into play...
September 6, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
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