Summary: Putative auto-transporter adhesin, head GIN domain
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Bacterial adhesin Edit Wikipedia article
Adhesins are cell-surface components or appendages of bacteria that facilitate adhesion or adherence to other cells or to surfaces, usually the host they are infecting or living in. Adhesins are a type of virulence factor.
Bacteria are typically found attached to and living in close association with surfaces. During the bacterial lifespan, a bacterium is subjected to frequent shear-forces. In the crudest sense, bacterial adhesins serve as anchors allowing bacteria to overcome these environmental shear forces, thus remaining in their desired environment. However, bacterial adhesins do not serve as a sort of universal bacterial Velcro. Rather, they act as specific surface recognition molecules, allowing the targeting of a particular bacterium to a particular surface such as root tissue in plants, lacrimal duct tissues in mammals, or even tooth enamel.
Most fimbria of gram-negative bacteria function as adhesins, but in many cases it is a minor subunit protein at the tip of the fimbriae that is the actual adhesin. In gram-positive bacteria, a protein or polysaccharide surface layer serves as the specific adhesin. To effectively achieve adherence to host surfaces, many bacteria produce multiple adherence factors called adhesins.
Bacterial adhesins provide species and tissue tropism. Adhesins are expressed by both pathogenic bacteria and saprophytic bacteria. This prevalence marks them as key microbial virulence factors in addition to a bacterium’s ability to produce toxins and resist the immune defenses of the host.
Through the mechanisms of evolution, different species of bacteria have developed different solutions to the problem of attaching receptor specific proteins to the bacteria surface. Today many different types and subclasses of bacterial adhesins may be observed in the literature.
The typical structure of a bacterial adhesion is that of a fimbria or pilus. The bacterial adhesion consists primarily of an intramembranous structural protein which provides a scaffold upon which several extracellular adhesins may be attached. However, as in the case of the CFA1 fimbriae, the structural protein itself can sometimes act as an adhesion if a portion of the protein extends into the ECM.
FimH Adhesin — Structure
The best characterized bacterial adhesin is the type 1 fimbrial FimH adhesin. This adhesin is responsible for D-mannose sensitive adhesion. The bacterium synthesizes a precursor protein consisting of 300 amino acids then processes the protein by removing several signal peptides ultimately leaving a 279 amino acid protein. Mature FimH is displayed on the bacterial surface as a component of the type 1 fimbrial organelle.
In 1999, the structure of FimH was resolved via x-ray crystallography. FimH is folded into two domains. The N terminal adhesive domain plays the main role in surface recognition while the C-terminal domain is responsible for organelle integration. A tetra-peptide loop links the two domains. Additionally, a carbohydrate-binding pocket has been identified at the tip of the N-terminal adhesive domain. This basic structure is conserved across type 1 fimbrial adhesins though recent studies have shown that in vitro induced mutations can lead to the addition of C-terminal domain specificity resulting in a bacterial adhesion with dual bending sites and related binding phenotypes.
Adhesins as Virulence Factors
The majority of bacterial pathogens exploit specific adhesion to host cells as their main virulence factor. “A large number of bacterial adhesins with individual receptor specificities have been identified.” Many bacterial pathogens are able to express an array of different adhesins. Expression of these adhesins at different phases during infection play the most important role in adhesion based virulence. Numerous studies have shown that inhibiting a single adhesin in this coordinated effort can often be enough to make a pathogenic bacterium non-virulent. This has led to the exploration of adhesin activity interruption as a method of bacterial infection treatment.
Vaccines based on Adhesins
The study of adhesins as a point of exploitation for vaccines comes from early studies which indicated that an important component of protective immunity against certain bacteria came from an ability to prevent adhesin binding. Additionally, Adhesins are attractive vaccine candidates because they are often essential to infection and are surface-located, making them readily accessible to antibodies.
The effectiveness of anti-adhesin antibodies is illustrated by studies with FimH, the adhesin of uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC).Work with E. coli stems from observations of human acquired immunity. Children in third world countries may suffer from several episodes of E. coli associated diarrhea during the first three years of life. If the child survives this initial period of susceptibility, infection rates typically drop substantially. Field studies show that this acquired immunity is directed primarily against bacterial adhesins.
Recent studies from Worchester Polytechnic institute show that the consumption of cranberry juice cocktail may inhibit the action of UPEC adhesins. Using atomic force microscopy researchers have shown that adhesion forces decrease with time following cranberry juice cocktail consumption. This type of research has opened the door to further exploration of orally administered vaccines which exploit bacterial adhesins.
A number of problems create challenges for the researcher exploring the anti-adhesin immunity concept. First and foremost among these problems is the large number of different bacterial adhesins which target the same human tissues. Further problems arise when considering an individual bacterium’s ability to produce multiple different types of adhesins most of which are produced at different times, in different places, and in response to different environmental triggers. Finally, the most pressing problem becomes evident when considering that many adhesins present as different immunologically distinct antigentic varieties, even within the same clone (as is the case in Neisseria gonorrhoeae).
Despite these challenges, progress is being made in the creation of anti-adhesion vaccines. In animal models, passive immunization with anti FimH-antibodies and vaccination with the protein significantly reduced colonization by UPEC. Moreover, the Bordetella pertussis adhesins FHA and pertactin are components of 3 of the 4 acellular pertussis vaccines currently licensed for use in the U.S. Additionally, anti-adhesion vaccines are being explored as a solution to urinary-tract infections (UTIs). The use of synthetic FimH adhesion peptides was shown to prevent urogenital mucosal infection by E. coli in mice.
drae adhesin from escherichia coli
The Dr family of adhesins bind to the Dr blood group antigen component of decay-accelerating factor (DAF). These proteins contain both fimbriated and afimbriated adherence structures and mediate adherence of uropathogenic Escherichia coli to the urinary tract. They do so by inducing the development of long cellular extensions that wrap around the bacteria. They also confer the mannose-resistant hemaglutination phenotype, which can be inhibited by chloramphenicol. The N-terminal portion of the mature protein is thought to be responsible for chloramphenicol sensitivity. Also, they induce activation of several signal transduction cascades, including activation of PI-3 kinase.
N. gonorrhoeae is host restricted almost entirely to humans. “Extensive studies have established type 4 fimbrial adhesins of N. gonorrhoeae virulence factors.” These studies have shown that only strains capable of expressing fimbriae are pathogenic. High survival of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) characterizes Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections. Additionally, recent studies out of Stockholm have shown that Neisseria can hitchhike on PMNs using their adhesin pili thus hiding them from neutrophil phagocytic activity. This action facilitates the spread of the pathogen throughout the epithelial cell layer.
Escherichia coli strains most known for causing diarrhea can be found in the intestinal tissue of pigs and humans where they express the K88 and CFA1. to attach to the intestinal lining. Additionally, UPEC causes about 90% of urinary tract infections. Of those E. coli which cause UTIs, 95% express type 1 fimbriae. FimH in E. coli overcomes the antibody based immune response by natural conversion from the high to the low affinity state. Through this conversion, FimH adhesion may shed the antibodies bound to it. Escherichia coli FimH provides an example of conformation specific immune response which enhances impact on the protein. By studying this particular adhesion, researchers hope to develop adhesion-specific vaccines which may serve as a model for antibody-mediation of pathogen adhesion.
- Coutte L, Alonso S, Reveneau N, Willery E, Quatannens B, Locht C, Jacob-Dubuisson F (2003). "Role of adhesin release for mucosal colonization by a bacterial pathogen". J Exp Med. 197 (6): 735–42. doi:10.1084/jem.20021153. PMC . PMID 12629063.
- Klemm P, Schembri MA (March 2000). "Bacterial adhesins: function and structure". Int. J. Med. Microbiol. 290 (1): 27–35. doi:10.1016/S1438-4221(00)80102-2. PMID 11043979.
- Kline, Kimberly A.; Fälker, Stefan; Dahlberg, Sofia; Normark, Staffan; Henriques-Normark, Birgitta. "Bacterial Adhesins in Host-Microbe Interactions". Cell Host & Microbe. 5 (6): 580–592. doi:10.1016/j.chom.2009.05.011.
- Choudhury D, Thompson A, Stojanoff V, et al. (August 1999). "X-ray structure of the FimC-FimH chaperone-adhesin complex from uropathogenic Escherichia coli". Science. 285 (5430): 1061–6. doi:10.1126/science.285.5430.1061. PMID 10446051.
- Schembri MA, Klemm P (May 1998). "Heterobinary adhesins based on the Escherichia coli FimH fimbrial protein". Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 64 (5): 1628–33. PMC . PMID 9572927.
- Levine, M. M.; Giron, J. A.; Noriega, E. R. (1994). "Fimbrial vaccines". In Klemm, Per. Fimbriae : adhesion, genetics, biogenesis, and vaccines. Boca Raton: CRC Press. pp. 255–270. ISBN 0849348943.
- Tao Y, Pinzón-Arango PA, Howell AB, Camesano TA (2011). "Oral consumption of cranberry juice cocktail inhibits molecular-scale adhesion of clinical uropathogenic Escherichia coli". J Med Food. 14 (7-8): 739–45. doi:10.1089/jmf.2010.0154. PMC . PMID 21480803.
- Davies, J. K.; Koomey, J. M.; Seifert, H. S. (1994). "Pili (fimbriae) of Neisseria gonorrhoeae". In Klemm, Per. Fimbriae : adhesion, genetics, biogenesis, and vaccines. Boca Raton: CRC Press. pp. 147–155. ISBN 0849348943.
- Langermann S, Möllby R, Burlein J, Palaszynski S, Auguste C, DeFusco A, Strouse R, Schenerman M, Hultgren S, Pinkner J, Winberg J, Guldevall L, Söderhäll M, Ishikawa K, Normark S, Koenig S (2000). "Vaccination with FimH adhesin protects cynomolgus monkeys from colonization and infection by uropathogenic Escherichia coli". J Infect Dis. 181 (2): 774–8. doi:10.1086/315258. PMID 10669375.
- Langermann S, Palaszynski S, Barnhart M, et al. (April 1997). "Prevention of mucosal Escherichia coli infection by FimH-adhesin-based systemic vaccination". Science. 276 (5312): 607–11. doi:10.1126/science.276.5312.607. PMID 9110982.
- Identified Virulence Factors of UPEC : Adherence, State Key Laboratory for Moleclular Virology and Genetic Engineering, Beijing. Retrieved July 2011
- Zhang L, Foxman B, Tallman P, Cladera E, Le Bouguenec C, Marrs CF (June 1997). "Distribution of drb genes coding for Dr binding adhesins among uropathogenic and fecal Escherichia coli isolates and identification of new subtypes". Infection and Immunity. 65 (6): 2011–8. PMC . PMID 9169726.
- Swanson TN, Bilge SS, Nowicki B, Moseley SL (January 1991). "Molecular structure of the Dr adhesin: nucleotide sequence and mapping of receptor-binding domain by use of fusion constructs". Infection and Immunity. 59 (1): 261–8. PMC . PMID 1670929.
- Söderholm N, Vielfort K, Hultenby K, Aro H (2011). "Pathogenic Neisseria hitchhike on the uropod of human neutrophils". PLoS ONE. 6 (9): e24353. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024353. PMC . PMID 21949708.
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Adhesins are also used in cell communication, and bind to surface communicators. Can also be used to bind to other bacteria.
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This bacterial family of proteins shows structural similarity to other pectin lyase families. Although structures from this family align with acetyl-transferases, there is no conservation of catalytic residues found. It is likely that the function is one of cell-adhesion. In PDB:3jx8 it is interesting to note that the sequence of contains several well defined sequence repeats, centred around GSG motifs defining the tight beta turn between the two sheets of the super-helix; there are 8 such repeats in the C-terminal half of the protein, which could be grouped into 4 repeats of two. It seems likely that this family belongs to the superfamily of trimeric auto-transporter adhesins (TAAs), which are important virulence factors in Gram-negative pathogens  . In the case of Parabacteroides distasonis, which is a component of the normal distal human gut microbiota, TAA-like complexes probably modulate adherence to the host (information derived from TOPSAN).
Nummelin H, Merckel MC, Leo JC, Lankinen H, Skurnik M, Goldman A;, EMBO J. 2004;23:701-711.: The Yersinia adhesin YadA collagen-binding domain structure is a novel left-handed parallel beta-roll. PUBMED:14765110 EPMC:14765110
Szczesny P, Linke D, Ursinus A, Bar K, Schwarz H, Riess TM, Kempf VA, Lupas AN, Martin J, Zeth K;, PLoS Pathog. 2008;4:e1000119.: Structure of the head of the Bartonella adhesin BadA. PUBMED:18688279 EPMC:18688279
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|Similarity to PfamA using HHSearch:||DUF4097|
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InterPro entry IPR021255
Proteins containing this domain show structural similarity to other pectin lyase families. Although these proteins align with acetyl-transferases, there is no conservation of catalytic residues found. It is likely that the function is one of cell-adhesion. In PDB:3jx8, it is interesting to note that the sequence of contains several well defined sequence repeats, centred around GSG motifs defining the tight beta turn between the two sheets of the super-helix; there are 8 such repeats in the C-terminal half of the protein, which could be grouped into 4 repeats of two. It seems likely that proteins in this entry belongs to the superfamily of trimeric auto-transporter adhesins (TAAs), which are important virulence factors in Gram-negative pathogens [PUBMED:14765110, PUBMED:18688279]. In the case of Parabacteroides distasonis, which is a component of the normal distal human gut microbiota, TAA-like complexes probably modulate adherence to the host (information derived from TOPSAN).
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This superfamily includes a variety of bacterial adhesins that have a jelly-roll beta-barrel fold . These domains are involved in sugar recognition.
The clan contains the following 15 members:Adhesin_Dr AfaD Antig_Caf1 Collagen_bind DUF1120 DUF2807 DUF4097 Fim-adh_lectin FimA Fimbrial FimH_man-bind PapG_N Saf-Nte_pilin SCPU SdrG_C_C
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|Seed source:||Pfam-B_001516 (release 23.0)|
|Author:||Pollington J, Finn RD|
|Number in seed:||53|
|Number in full:||1555|
|Average length of the domain:||170.00 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||20 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||70.66 %|
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