Identification of a Vibrio furnissii oligopeptide permease and characterization of its in vitro hemolytic activity

Tung-Kung Wu*, Yu Kuo Wang, Yi Chin Chen, Jen Min Feng, Yen Hsi Liu, Ting Yi Wang

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We describe purification and characterization of an oligopeptide permease protein (Hly-OppA) from Vibrio furnissii that has multifaceted functions in solute binding, in in vitro hemolysis, in antibiotic resistance, and as a virulence factor in bacterial pathogenesis. The solute-binding function was revealed by N-terminal and internal peptide sequences of the purified protein and was confirmed by discernible effects on oligopeptide binding, by accumulation of fluorescent substrates, and by fluorescent substrate-antibiotic competition assay experiments. The purified protein exhibited host-specific in vitro hemolytic activity against various mammalian erythrocytes and apparent cytotoxicity in CHO-K1 cells. Recombinant Hly-OppA protein and an anti-Hly-OppA monoclonal antibody exhibited and neutralized the in vitro hemolytic activity, respectively, which further confirmed the hemolytic activity of the gene product. In addition, a V. furnissii hly-oppA knockout mutant caused less mortality than the wild-type strain when it was inoculated into BALB/c mice, indicating the virulence function of this protein. Finally, the in vitro hemolytic activity was also confirmed with homologous ATP-binding cassette-type transporter proteins from other Vibrio species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8215-8223
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Bacteriology
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2007

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