Characterization of the histidine-containing phosphotransfer protein B-mediated multistep phosphorelay system in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1

Jye L. Hsu, Hsuan Cheng Chen, Hwei-Ling Peng, Hwan Y. Chang*

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Abstract

Certain bacterial two-component sensor kinases possess a histidine-containing phosphotransfer (Hpt) domain to carry out a multistep phosphotransferring reaction to a cognate response regulator. Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 contains three genes that encode proteins with an Hpt domain but lack a kinase domain. To identify the sensor kinase coupled to these Hpt proteins, a phosphorelay profiling assay was performed. Among the 12 recombinant orphan sensor kinases tested, 4 of these sensors (PA1611, PA1976, PA2824, and RetS) transferred the phosphoryl group to HptB (PA3345). The in vivo interaction between HptB and each of the sensors was also confirmed using the bacterial two-hybrid assay. Interestingly, the phosphoryl groups from these sensors all appeared to be transferred via HptB to PA3346, a novel phosphatase consisting of an N-terminal receiver domain and a eukaryotic type Ser/Thr phosphatase domain, and resulted in a significant increase of its phosphatase activity. The subsequent reverse transcription-PCR analysis revealed an operon structure of hptB-PA3346-PA3347, suggesting a coordinate expression of the three genes to carry out a signal transduction. The possibility was supported by the analysis showing PA3347 is able to be phosphorylated on Ser-56, and this phosphoryl group could be removed by PA3346 protein. Finally, analysis of PA3346 and PA3347 gene knock-out mutants revealed that these genes are associated with bacterial swarming activity and biofilm formation. Together, these results disclose a novel multistep phosphorelay system that is essential for P. aeruginosa to respond to a wide spectrum of environmental signals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9933-9944
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume283
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 Apr 2008

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