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Assembly of XcpR in the Cytoplasmic Membrane Is Required for Extracellular Protein Secretion in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Abstract : A broad range of extracellular proteins secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa use the type II or general secretory pathway (GSP) to reach the medium. This pathway requires the expression of at least 12 xcp gene products. XcpR, a putative nucleotide-binding protein, is essential for the secretion process across the outer membrane even though the protein contains no hydrophobic sequence that could target or anchor it to the bacterial envelope. For a better understanding of the relationship between XcpR and the other Xcp proteins which are located in the envelope, we have studied its subcellular localization. In a wild-type P. aeruginosa strain, XcpR was found associated with the cytoplasmic membrane. This association depends on the presence of the XcpY protein, which also appears to be necessary for XcpR stability. Functional complementation of an xcpY mutant required the XcpY protein to be expressed at a low level. Higher expression precluded the complementing activity of XcpY, although membrane association of XcpR was restored. This behavior suggested that an excess of free XcpY might interfere with the secretion by formation of inactive XcpR-XcpY complexes which cannot properly interact with their natural partners in the secretion machinery. These data show that a precise stoichiometric ratio between several components may be crucial for the functioning of the GSP.
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Genevieve Ball, Virginie Chapon-Hervé, Sophie Bleves, Gérard Michel, Marc Bally. Assembly of XcpR in the Cytoplasmic Membrane Is Required for Extracellular Protein Secretion in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal of Bacteriology, American Society for Microbiology, 1999, 181 (2), pp.382-388. ⟨hal-01560898⟩

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