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Combined action of the type IV secretion effector proteins BepC and BepF promotes invasome formation of Bartonella henselae on endothelial and epithelial cells.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20964799     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Bartonella henselae (Bhe) can invade human endothelial cells (ECs) by two distinguishable entry routes: either individually by endocytosis or as large bacterial aggregates by invasome-mediated internalization. Only the latter process is dependent on a functional VirB/VirD4 type IV secretion system (T4SS) and the thereby translocated Bep effector proteins. Here, we introduce HeLa cells as a new cell system suitable to study invasome formation. We describe a novel route to trigger invasome formation by the combined action of the effectors BepC and BepF. Co-infections of either HUVEC or HeLa cells with the Bep-deficient ΔbepA-G mutant expressing either BepC or BepF restores invasome formation. Likewise, ectopic expression of a combination of BepC and BepF in HeLa cells enables invasome-mediated uptake of the Bhe ΔbepA-G mutant strain. Further, eGFP-BepC and eGFP-BepF fusion proteins localize to the cell membrane and, upon invasome formation, to the invasome. Furthermore, the combined action of BepC and BepF inhibits endocytic uptake of inert microspheres. Finally, we show that BepC and BepF-triggered invasome formation differs from BepG-triggered invasome formation in its requirement for cofilin1, while the Rac1/Scar1/WAVE/Arp2/3 and Cdc42/WASP/Arp2/3 signalling pathways are required in both cases.
Matthias C Truttmann; Thomas A Rhomberg; Christoph Dehio
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-10-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cellular microbiology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1462-5822     ISO Abbreviation:  Cell. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883691     Medline TA:  Cell Microbiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  284-99     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Focal Area Infection Biology, Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 70, Basel, Switzerland.
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55005501//Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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