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1. Introduction

The tellurite opposition of human pathogens is known about 100 old ages. More than 20 old ages are known the cistrons encoding for the highest opposition phenotype, so called ter cistrons, or ter operon. However, the mechanism of the opposition remains ill-defined.

At our Department of Molecular Biology, these cistrons have been described on a big conjugative plasmid pTE53 and their relation to the operon found in an emergent food-born pathogen, enterohaemorhagic Escherichia coli ( E. coli ) O157: H7 was shown.

Expression of these cistrons seems to be constituent, regulated besides on the translational degree, nevertheless the inducibility of them in some isolates of E. coli O157: H7 every bit good as those located on the chromosome of urinary piece of land pathogen Proteus Mirabilis has been reported.

In our work we report the constituent character of the ter operon found in uropathogenic

E. coli, its organisation on the degree of written text and we compare its look with the operon originated from E. coli O157: H7.

To analyze the biological mechanism of ter cistron merchandises involved in the opposition phenotype, we have cloned all four indispensable cistrons, e.g. terB, terC, terD and terE into pET28 look system and here we describe the readying of the system to demo the biological map of pET-expressed TerB protein. This protein is fused with His-tag and here we report besides its purification utilizing Nickel-based Promega system. It is the initial measure to show and analyze the map of possible multiprotein complex involved in tellurite resistancemediated by the ter operon


2.1. Tellurium ( Te )

Tellurium ( atomic figure 52 ) is a semimetal that belongs to the same group ( VIA ) in Periodic Table as the elements S and Se. Estimated to rank 75th in copiousness of all the elements in the Earth ‘s crust, Te is found in low concentrations ( about 0,002 ppm ) throughout the environment ( Schroeder et al. , 1967 ) .

The oxyanions of Te, tellurite ( K2TeO3 ) and tellurate, are extremely toxic for most micro-organisms, doing direct oxidization of cellular thiols ( Turner et al. , 1999 ) or, following decrease to telluride, it is unsuitably incorporated in topographic point of S in aminic acids ( Garberg et al. , 1999 ; Taylor, 1999 ) . The human organic structure contains reasonably big sums of Te ( up to 600 milligram ) ( Nason and Schroeder, 1967 ) .

Tellurium compounds have a long history as antimicrobic and curative agents. Prior to the development and selling of today ‘s antibiotics, they were used to handle conditions such as leprosy, TB, dermatitis, cystitis and oculus infections. Alexander Fleming reported the antibacterial belongingss of penicillin in 1950 and potassium tellurite in 1932. Tellurite has been used for at least 80 old ages in selective media for the isolation of pathogens, including Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio cholerae and Shigella spp. ( Zadik et al. , 1993 ) . For illustration, selective medium for the “hamburger disease” bacteria ( verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli O175: H7 ) was late developed by Biosynth™ . In 1977, opposition to K2TeO3 was linked to the presence of plasmids in enteral bacteriums and in Pseudomonas ( Summers and Jacoby, 1977 ) .

Tellurium is used as a accelerator in the movie industry, in the industry of batteries, metals, and gum elastics, and as a colouring agent in glass ( Browning, 1969 ) . An immunomodulating compound incorporating Te has been tested in rats for possible usage in handling AIDS and malignant neoplastic disease patients ( Sredni et al. , 1987 ; Nyska et al. , 1989 ) .

2.2. Tellurite toxicity

Nitrate reductase is responsible for the radical degree of tellurite opposition found in E. coli ( Avazeri et al. , 1997 ) .Tellurite, which circumvents the initial line of defence, is acted on by glutathione and/or other decreased thiols in the cytol to bring forth extra

TeO3-2>Te0 decrease. Superoxide dismutase so acts on the O2- resulting from this decrease. The riddance of constituents of this cascade leads to the oxidization of cellular thiols, ensuing in the closure of DNA synthesis, protein synthesis and most reductases ( Turner et al. , 1995 ) .

To last in the presence of tellurite, in absence of outflow, bacteriums must change over it to a signifier that is less toxic. Electron microscopy and imaging have shown that TeR bacteriums, which form black settlements, contain intracellular crystals of black metallic Te that are frequently located merely inside the interior membrane ( Taylor, 1999 ) .

2.3. Bacterial Resistance to Tellurium compounds

Some Gram-positive bacteriums, including Corynebacterium diphtheriae ( Conradi and Troch, 1912 ) , Streptococcus faecalis ( now called Enterococcus faecalis ) ( Skadhauge, 1950 ; Appleman and Heinmiller, 1961 ) , and most strains of Staphylococcus aureus ( Hoeprich et al. , 1960 ) , are of course immune to potassium tellurite. For this ground, tellurite medium has long been used as a agency of designation of C.diphtheriae. In add-on, the ability of mycobacteriums to bring forth black settlements when grown on medium incorporating tellurite has been used to prove for the viability of the tubercle B ( Corper, 1915 ; Kilburn et al. , 1969 ) . The opposition of Wautersia ( Alcaligenes ) to tellurite is used to distinguish A. faecalis and A. denitrificans from Bordetella bronchiseptica ( Jonson and Sneath, 1973 ) . Some coliform bacteriums, which are highly sensitive to tellurite, can be acclimatized to higher concentrations by transition in tellurite stock ( Fleming and Young, 1940 ) .

Gram-negative tellurite-resistant bacteriums are often isolated from infirmary and urban sewerages and film-reprocessing sludge ( Taylor and Summers, 1979 ) . In the household Enterobacteriaceae, TeR is frequently mediated by plasmids.

At least five TeR determiners have been identified by familial surveies and DNA sequencing, all seemingly unrelated to one another neither on the Deoxyribonucleic acid or protein degree ( Taylor, 1999 ) .

2. 3. 1. Plasmid-mediated TeR

Plasmids of the mutual exclusiveness group ( Inc ) HI2 in Enterobacteriaceae and the IncP2 group in Pseudomonas sp. are frequently associated with TeR ( Summers and Jacoby, 1977 ; Taylor and Summers, 1979 ) . IncHII plasmids found in Enterobacteriaceae besides mediated TeR ( Bradley et al. , 1982 ) .

2. 3. 1. 1. The TeR Determinants of the IncHIPlasmid, pMER610

The IncHI and IncHII plasmids are big ( greater than 150 kilobit ) , conjugative plasmids that encode multiple drug oppositions ( Anderson and Smith, 1972 ; Anderson, 1975 ) . The plasmid pMER610 belongs to the IncHI2 subgroup and was originally isolated from a Wautersia ( Alcaligenes ) species of bacteriums. It is a big ( & gt ; 250 kilobit ) plasmid that encodes opposition to mercury and tellurium compounds ( Jobling and Ritchie, 1987 ) .

The TeR determiner on pMER610 is contained within a 3,55-kb DNA fragment. Nucleotide sequence analysis indicated that the pMER610 system consisted of five cistrons, designed Tera, -B, -C, -D, and -E, with predicted poroducts of 37, 14, 38, 20, and 20 kDa, severally. Four polypeptides were detected utilizing “maxicell” analysis. The cistrons have been sequenced and five unfastened reading frames ( ORFs ) were detected. ORFs 1 and 2 encode polypeptides of 37 and 14 kDa in size, severally. Interpolation of the jumping gene Tn1000 into these cistrons resulted in merely partial loss of opposition to tellurite, proposing that ORFs1 and 2 may be regulative instead than structural cistrons. Interpolation of Tn1000 into ORFs 3 and 4 resulted in complete loss of opposition to tellurite, proposing that these are the structural cistrons finding TeR. ORF3 encodes a protein of 38 kDa, which is extremely hydrophobic and has nine possible membrane-spanning spheres.

ORFs 4 and 5, both of which encode 20-kDa polypeptides, have 66 % nucleotide homology and may hold arisen likely from a cistron duplicate event.

Expression of TeR by Escherichia coli transporting pMER610 and its subclones appeared to be inducible by anterior exposure to subtoxic degrees of K tellurite. However, surveies utilizing transcriptional and translational mergers to ?-galactosidase suggest that the TeR cistrons themselves are constitutively expressed ( Jobling and Ritchie, 1988 ) .

2. 3. 1. 2. The TeR Determinant of the IncHII Plasmid, pHH1508a

The 208 kilobit IncHII plasmid pHH1508a was originally isolated from a strain of Klebsiella aerogenes obtained from a patient with typhoid febrility ( Datta et al. , 1981 ) . Expression of TeR by pHH1508a and other IncHII and IncHI2 plasmids has often been linked to other unusual belongingss such as suppression of coliphage development and colicin B opposition ; nevertheless, no functional relationship has yet been shown ( Taylor and Summers, 1979 ; Maher et al. , 1989 ) .

A 1,8 kb part responsible for look of TeR by pHH1508a has been cloned and sequenced ( Walter et al. , 1991 ) . This part, which shows no homology to the TeR determiner on pMER610, encodes two cistrons that have been named tehA and tehB. The tehB cistron encodes a 23 kDa polypeptide that is comparatively hydrophilic and is likely located in the cytol. The tehA cistron encodes a 36 kDa polypeptide, which migrates with an evident molecular mass of 28 kDa in SDS-polyacrylamide gel cataphoresis ( SDS-PAGE ) due to its high hydrophobicity. It appears to hold between 5 and 10 membrane-spanning spheres and is likely to be located in the interior membrane of the bacteria. Three cysteine residues appear to be located within 3 cardinal putative membrane-spanning spheres and could potentially hold a function in opposition by adhering ligands.

2. 3. 1. 3. The Cryptic TeR Determinant of the IncP? Plasmids, RK2

Plasmids of the P mutual exclusiveness group have the ability to reassign between, and replicate and be stably maintained in a broad assortment of Gram-negative bacteriums ( reviewed by Thomas and Smith, 1987 ) . RK2 and plasmids named RP4, RP1, R18 and R68 were originally isolated from Gram-negative bacteriums obtained from a infirmary in Birmingham ( UK ) in 1969 ( Holloway and Richmond, 1973 ; Ingram et al. , 1973 ) . Through the usage of Tn7 interpolation mutagenesis, the RK2 TeR determiner was located between the kilA and korA cistrons, which are involved in plasmid reproduction control ( Taylor and Bradley, 1987 ) . The 3 kb part contains an operon stipulating three cistrons, kilA, telA, and telB, all of which are necessary for look of high-ranking opposition to tellurite ( Walter, 1990 ; Goncharoff et al. , 1991 ) . No Deoxyribonucleic acid or amino acerb sequence homology to the IncHI or IncHII TeR determiners could be detected. The first cistron in the operon is the kilA cistron, which encodes a 28-kDa hydrophilic polypeptide that is likely located in the cytol ( Walter et al. , 1991 ) . This cistron was antecedently identified by Figurski et Al. ( 1982 ) and named for the deadly consequence that was observed, when it was cloned individually from the korA ( kill-override ) , which negatively regulates written text from the kilA booster ( Young et al. , 1985, 1987 ) . Further work by this group suggested that each of the three cistrons ( kilA, telA, and telB ) is able to show a host-lethal phenotype ( Goncharoff et al. , 1991 ) .

The 2nd cistron, telA, encodes a 42 kDa hydrophilic polypeptide, which is likely to be located in the cytol ( Walter et al. , 1991 ) . The last cistron in the operon, telB, encodes a 32 kDa hydrophobic polypeptide.

Analysis of the amino acerb sequence suggests that the TelB polypeptide has four membrane-spanning spheres. A proposed theoretical account for the topology of TelB in the inner membrane has been based on hydrophobicity secret plan analysis and TnphoA interpolation mutagenesis ( Walter, 1990 ) . Given this theoretical account, it appears that the two cysteine residues ( Cys-125 and Cys-132 ) in TelB are located on the cytoplasmatic face of the protein, where they could potentially be involved in adhering to ligands. The importance of Cys-125 in the look of TeR was demonstrated by comparing of the DNA sequences of TeR and TeS isolates of RK2. The DNA sequence of the kilA-telAB operon on a TeS of RK2 is indistinguishable to the TeR sequence except for a individual base alteration in amino acerb place 125 in the telB cistron ensuing in a Ser ( tellurite medium ) alternatively of Cys ( tellurite opposition ) ( Walter et al.,1991 ; Goncharoff et al. , 1991 ) .

2. 3. 1. 4. TeR Determinant from plasmid R478

pR478 is a 272-kb self-transmissible plasmid of the mutual exclusiveness subgroup IncHI2, which mediates opposition to kanamycin, Chloromycetin, Achromycin, mercurous chloride, K tellurite ( TeR ) , and arsenic compounds, every bit good as opposition to some bacteriophages ( Phi ) and to pore-forming colicins ( PacB ) ( Maher et al. , 1989 ; Rodriguez-Lemoine, 1992 ; Summers and Jacoby, 1977 ; Taylor and Levine, 1980 ; Taylor and Summers, 1979 ; Whelan and Colleran, 1992 ; Whelan et al. , 1995 ) .

The TeR, Phi and PacB phenotypes were linked by interpolation mutagenesis to a 6,2 kilobit DNA fragment that contained seven cistrons, terZ, -A, -B, -C, -D, -E, and -F ( Whelan et al. , 1995 ) . Insertion mutagenesis within terZ, terC, or terD reduced or abolished opposition to phage T5, colicins A, B, and K, and K tellurite. The amino acid sequences deduced from terD, terE, and terZ were found to be related. Identity was besides observed between the amino acerb sequences of Tera and terF ; in add-on, extremely related amino acid spheres were noted among assorted subsets of the five latter putative polypeptides ( Whelan et al. , 1995 ) . The mutagenesis system indicated that terD is indispensable for look of the three phenotypes, terZ is necessary for colicin and tellurite opposition, and terC is required for tellurite opposition. Components of the cistron bunch encoding TeR, Phi, and PacB cloned from plasmid R478 are deadly to E. coli cells and convey approximately filiform morphology. A polypeptide of 17 kDa, specified by the terW cistron, was mapped to a 1,95 kilobit BamHI fragment, which straight protected cells from lethaly. Complementation experiments between pKFW4A and pDT2665 suggested that terW ( carried on pDT2665 ) could non change by reversal filamentation. Plasmid pKFW4A does non intercede the PacB phenotype, and the upstream part of terZ is absent. It may be that TerW interacts with this upstream part. Sequence analysis did non uncover any coding part within the upstream part ( 0,7 kilobit SalI-BamHI part ) , proposing that protection is more likely to be related to written text of this bunch and that the upstream part may represent a TerW binding site ( Whelan et. Al, 1996 ) .

Two other freshly identified cistrons, terX and terY, were located downstream of terW and were non required for care of the opposition bunch cistrons. The map of TerX and TerY are DNA-binding proteins from their predicted amino acid sequences. The grades of sequence similarity among TerX and three polypeptides ( TerZ, TerD, and TerE ) encoded by the TeR, Phi, and PacB opposition bunch suggest that they have a relationship, either at the functional or evolutionary degree. The extremely conserved motive of 13 residues specified by the amino acid GDN ( R/L ) TG ( E/A ) GDGDDE is present in the most of these cistrons ( Whelan et al. , 1996 ; Vavrova et al. , 2006 ) .

2. 3. 1. 5. Virulence plasmid pLVPK of Klebsiella pneumoniae CG43

pLVPK is a 219-kb virulency plasmid harbored in a bacteremic isolate of Klebsiella pneumoniae ( Chen et al. , 2004 ) . A cistron bunch encoding E. coli terZABCDE homolog was besides identified. The terZABCDE has been shown antecedently to be a portion of a PAI, which besides contains integrase, prophage, and urease cistrons in E. coli EDL933. This cistron bunch besides provides the opposition to bacteriophage infection every bit good as opposition to pore-forming colicins. Although terBCDE are sufficient for the tellurite opposition belongings, the maps of each of these cistrons are unknown. The 14,7 kb part incorporating terZABCDE cistrons and 12 putative ORFs of pLVPK are comparable to the ter genes-containing part in the E. coli O157 genome. The homology is interrupted downstream of the terZABCDE part by an

E. coli pTE53 tellurite opposition terF homolog and IS903 cistron. A recent survey suggests that the TeR-containing pathogenecity island in enterohemorrhagic E. coli isolates was acquired from plasmid. With considerable grade of sequence homology ( 75-98 % amino acerb sequence similarity severally with that of the E. coli O157 terZABCDE ) , the ter cistrons of the pLVPK are likely horizontally acquired. It has been speculated that the ter system most likely plays other functional functions such as protection against host defences so as to be stably maintained in the bacteria ( Taylor et al. , 2002 ) .

2. 3. 1. 6. Clinical strain of E. coli KL53

The tellurite-resistant strain KL53 was found during the testing of a group of clinical isolates for antibiotic and heavy metal ion opposition ( Burian et al. , 1990 ) . Strain KL53 seaports three big plasmids, two of which are conjugable. The opposition determiners are obviously located individually, on two distinguishable plasmids. Conjugal transportation of the 3rd and smallest plasmid was non found ; hence this plasmid remains deep. Deoxyribonucleic acid hybridisation consequences suggested that the tellurite opposition determiner of pTE53 is a fresh TeR determiner. The strains formed typical black settlements on solid LB medium with tellurite. The strain KL53 has MIC to tellurite ions on solid media 150?g/ml. A gradual addition in tellurite concentration resulted in increased opposition with MIC value of 1500µg/ml. Recombinant TeR ringers were obtained merely as a consequence of in vitro cloning into medium-copy-number vector pACYC184 ( Burian et al. , 1998 ) and by in vivo cloning ( Tu et al. , 2001 ) .

The in vitro ringer of pTE53 [ Acc.N. AJ238043.1 ] named pLK18 contained the minimum portion of the operon, cistrons terB, C, D, E, and terF, showing tellurite opposition and cistrons terB, C, D, E were shown indispensable by Tn1737Km mediated cistron break for the opposition ( Kormutakova et al. , 2000 ) . For in vivo cloning a low transcript mini-Mu derivative pPR46 was used ensuing in pNT3B plasmid [ Acc. N. AJ888883 ] .

The in vitro cloning of the big conjugative plasmid pTE53 from E. coli strain KL53 resulted in obtaining of 5 kilobits fragment with to the full functional tellurite opposition. The 5 ORFs encoding for 5 cistrons, which have been named terB to terF ( Kormutakova et al. , 2000 ) .

The BLAST hunt of 5250 bp fragment from pTE53 against nucleotide database showed a important homology with 3 known operons encoding for tellurite opposition cistrons. The first is carried by the plasmid pR478 from Serratia marcescens ( EMBL ID P47TERZ, Whelan, 1997 ) . The following is from Alcaligenes sp. plasmid pMJ606 ( EMBL ID PLMTEAD, Jobling and Ritchie, 1988 ) . The 3rd is a chromosomal tellurite opposition operon from Proteus Mirabilis ( EMBL ID AF168355, Toptchieva et al. , 1999 ) . Merely four of the seven cistrons are present in all the four operons. They are terB, terC, terD and terE, their function in tellurite opposition mechanism is likely indispensable but non known yet.

The ringer pLK18 was subjected to the heterotaxy with Tn1737 Km to interrupt determiner of the tellurite opposition. Break of terB, terC, terD and terE cistrons resulted in abolished of tellurite opposition, and interpolation in terF cistron showed that this cistron is non indispensable for the preservation of tellurite opposition. The merchandise of terF cistron is non portion of the tellurite opposition tract ( Kormutakova et al. , 2000 ) .

The in vivo cloning system based on mini-Mu derived functions was used for cloning of tellurite opposition cistrons. The Mu-phage and its derived functions combine the belongingss of both the temperate phage and permutable component, which are broad scope utilized in in vivo cloning ( Tu et al. , 2001 ) .

For in vivo cloning a low transcript mini-Mu derivative pPR46 was used ensuing in pNT3B plasmid, from which a important portion of ter operon has been sequenced and was besides analyzed together with old sequence of the operon, found on pTE53 E. coli plasmid ( Vavrova, 2006 ) .

Recently obtained sequence of in vivo cloning pNT3B that is a subclone of pTE53 plasmid revealed that the big conjugative plasmid possess the full operon similar as was described in Serratia marcescens every bit good as a portion of chromosomal ter operon found in E. coli O157: H7.

2. 3. 2. Chromosomal TeRdeterminants

2. 3. 2. 1. Deciding tmp from Pseudomonas syringae pathovar pisi

Several different chromosomal TeR systems have been characterized until now. A TeR determiner from the pea blight pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pathovar pisi was isolated by a scattergun scheme affecting TeR testing in E. coli. A individual protein of 24, 5 kDa, encoded by the tmp cistron, resembles a thiapurine methyltransferase ( Cournoyer, 1998 ) .

Cournoyer et Al. have late proposed that Tmp could be involved in the volatilization of tellurite into dimethyltelluride.

2. 3. 2. 2. Determinant tehA and tehB

The E. coli K12 genome contains two TeR cistrons ( tehA and tehB ) within an operon at 32,3 min, which encodes a minimum inhibitory concentration ( MIC ) of 128 µg/ml to K2TeO3, when expressed on a multicopy plasmid or behind a strong booster ( Taylor et al. , 1994 ) . Sequence analysis shows that the TehB protein of E. coli K12 contains all three characteristic motives identified in SAM-dependent N-methyltrasferases, including the SAM-binding motive ( Fu et al. ,1996 ) . E. coli mutants that could interfere with synthesis of SAM or with related biochemical tracts cut down, but do non extinguish TeR. TehA has ten membrane-spanning parts and there is grounds for efflux transporter activity ( Turner et al. , 1997 ) , but seemingly non for tellurite ( Turner et al. , 1995 ) . Mutants in the cysteine, glutathione or thioredoxin biosynthetic tracts decrease TeR in the E. coli K12 tehAB system. Lower concentrations of cysteine are likely to diminish of import thiol metabolites, such as glutathione and coenzyme A, and could accordingly cut down TeR.

2. 3. 2. 3. Determinant from Rhodobacter sphaeroides trgAB

In Rhodobacter sphaeroides, a bacteria that can execute photosynthesis under anaerobiotic conditions every bit good as to repair N and carbone dioxide, two sets of unrelated determiners are involved. The trgAB ( TeR cistrons ) encode membrane associated proteins that confer TeR on a related bacteria Paracoccus denitrificans. Located downstream from trgAB is cysK, which encodes cysteine synthase and is responsible for the terminal measure in cysteine biogenesis in R. sphaeroides ( O’Gara et al. , 1997 ) . Break of cysK consequences in reduced TeR in R. sphaeroides. The 2nd TeR venue ( telA ) in R. sphaeroides encodes a deduced protein ( TelA ) of 396 amino acids that shows 65 % similarity to TelA ( KlaB ) , encoded on the IncP? plasmid.

2. 3. 2. 4. Escherichia coliO157: H7

Escherichia coli O157: H7 is of major involvement in clinical pattern, nutrient safety and evolutionary biological science. E. coli O157: H7 and other Shiga toxin ( Stx ) -producing E. coli ( STEC ) strains cause diarrhoea, haemorrhagic inflammatory bowel disease, and the haemolytic azotemic syndrome ( Tarr and Bilge, 1998 ) .

Using an allele-specific investigation for the cistron ( uidA ) encoding ?-glucuronidase and a multilocus enzyme cataphoresis technique, a stepwise theoretical account for development of E. coli O157: H7 was proposed by Feng ( 1995 ) and Whittman ( 1998 ) that the outgrowth of E. coli O157: H7 with phenotypes ( SOR- , GUD- ) or ( SOR- , GUD+ ) is based on the distinct evolutionary events from an EPEC-like ascendant resembling most contemporary commensal E. coli in footings of the ability to show ?-glucuronidase ( GUD+ ) and ferment sorbitol ( SOR+ ) ( Park et al. , 1999 ) . Pathogenicity of E. coli O157: H7

The virulency of E. coli O157: H7 is known to be attributed to several factors. These factors are one or more Shiga toxins ( Karmali et al. , 1985 ) , haemolysin ( Beutin et al. , 1989 ) , the adhesion intimin ( Tzipori et al. , 1986, Donnenberg et al. , 1993 ) , Esp E ( Calderwood et al. , 1996 ) , secreted proteins encoded in Type III secernment system ( Kenny et al. , 1996 ; Haigh et al. , 1995 ; Lai et al. , 1997 ) , and O157 lipopolysaccharide O-side antigen ( Bilge et al. , 1996 ) .

A. Shiga Toxins

The Shiga toxins ( Stxs ) are a household of bacterial cytotoxins produced by Shigella dysenteriae type 1 and STEC. These toxins were once called Shiga-like toxins ( SLTs ) or sometimes verocytotoxins ( VTs ) . The function of Stx as a virulency factor is clearly demonstrated by several findings. First, HUS is caused by merely Stx-producing bacteriums, including STEC and merely S. dysenteriae type 1. EPEC strains, which are most similar to EHEC in footings of virulency except for the production of Stxs, do non do HUS. Second, streptomycin- treated mice that are fed certain STEC strains develop nephritic cannular mortification, ensuing in the decease of the animate being ( Wadolkowski et al. , 1990 ) . Third, rabbits inoculated with a coney EPEC strain transduced with the Stx 1-converting bacteriophage develop more serious histological lesions, similar to the hemorrhagic inflammatory bowel disease caused by EHEC ( Sjogren et al. , 1994 ) .

A strain of Shiga toxins-producing E. coli may bring forth Stx1 or Stx2 ( or a variant such as Stx2c, or Stx2d or Stx2e ) , or both of these toxins.

These were obtained HGT.

B. pO157

A 90-kb plasmid that is carried by about all E. coli O157: H7 strains, was designated as pO157 by Toth et Al. in 1990. EHEC-hemolysin is a extremely active repeats-in-toxin ( RTX ) that belongs to the household of pore-forming proteins ( Schmidt et al. , 1995 ) . Four unfastened reading frames contained on pO157, which were extremely related to both the cistrons of the

E. coli alpha-hemolysin operon and EHEC-hly operons, were termed EHEC-hlyC, EHEC-hlyA, EHEC-hlyB, andEHEC-hlyD ( Brunder et al. , 1997 ) .


The bacterial cistrons involved in bring forthing the A/E histopathology are located on a

35-kbp section of chromosomal DNA termed the venue of enterocyte effacement ( downwind part ) in EPEC, E. coli O157: H7, and many other serotypes of STEC ( McDaniel et al. , 1995, Perna et al. , 1998, Jerse et al. , 1990 ) . Among the multiple virulency factors encoded in the LEE, the eae cistron encoding intimin and the tir cistron encoding a translocated receptor for intimin are located in the in-between part. Downstream of eae there are esp cistrons, encoding secreted proteins responsible for bring oning the epithelial cell signal transduction events taking to the A/E lesion. In the upstream part of eae and tir, there are esc and sep cistrons, encoding a type III secernment system involved in extracellular secernment of the protein encoded by esp cistrons ( Perna et al. , 1998, Jerse et al. , 1990 ) .

D. Intimin

Intimin, encoded by eae, is produced by A/E pathogens such as EPEC and E. coli O157: H7 ( Rosenshine et al. , 1996 ) . Intimin, a 94 to 97 kDa outer membrane protein, mediates A/E lesions in epithelial cells.

The function of intimin is futher proven by an experiment, in which the confidant attachment to epithelial cells disappeared when EPEC strains mutated in the eae cistron encoding intimin ( Frankel et al. , 1996 ) . Although the function of intimin as an adhesion is clear, the interaction of intimin with eucaryotic cells for the formation of A/E lesion has yet to be to the full elucidated. In EPEC, intimin expressed on the bacterial surface binds to Tir and possibly to ?1 integrins.

E. Tir

Tir ( translocated intimin receptor ) is produced in the bacterial cell as a 78 kDa unphosphorylated protein. Subsequently, the type III secernment system translocates the protein into the host cell, where the protein is so phosphorylated ( at least in EPEC and STEC O26: H- strains ) , thereby increasing in size to 90 kDa ( Calderwood et al. , 1996 ) .

After adhering with intimin, Tir triggers extra host-signaling events and actin nucleation for the formation of the A/E lesion.

F. Secreted Proteins by a Type III Secretion System

Secreted bacterial proteins have long been known to play cardinal functions in bacterial-host interactions. Javis et Al ( 1995 ) reported that E. coli O157: H7 secreted some immunoreactive proteins, including Esps via a Type III secernment system, which has been found in many Gram-negative bacteriums, doing disease in animate beings and workss. Secreted proteins by Gram-negative bacteriums must go through through two membranes, the interior membrane environing the cytol and the outer envelope enveloping the periplasm. The type III secernment system is responsible for transporting the proteins straight from the cytol to the cell surface, while the general secretory tract transports proteins to the periplasm ( Lee, 1997 ; Perry et al. , 1998 ) .

G. Lipopolysaccharide

E. coli O157: H7 has the typical lipopolysaccharide ( LPS ) surface construction of Gram-negative bacteriums. LPS is known historically as the ‘O ‘ or bodily antigen. The LPS is composed of lipoid A and O polyose. The O polyose of E. coli O157: H7 appears to play a function in the attachment of the serotype to host epithelial cells. E. coli O157: H7 mutations deficient in O-antigen were more adherent to the host cells than was its E. coli O157: H7 wild type, proposing that the O side ironss of E. coli O157: H7 lipopolysaccharide interfere with the attachment of E. coli O157: H7 to host epithelial cells ( Bilge et al. , 1996 ; Cohen and Giannella, 1992 ) .

H. TAI islands

A important portion of the ter operon has been found on the E. coli O157: H7 chromosome as a portion of a big genomic island called Tellurite and Adhesin Island ( TAI ) , bearing besides other infective determiners as adhesion, urease and phage protection proteins ( Tarr et al. , 2000 ) . Horizontal cistron transportation of such a pathogenicity island ( PAI ) represents an of import tool of microbic development ( Hacker and Carniel, 2001 ) . E. coli O157: H7 has acquired by this manner two of import PAIs so called LEE venue ( venue of enterocyte effacement, Park et al.,1999 ) and TAI ( tellurite teristance- and attachment conferring island, Tarr et al. , 2000 ) . Significant genomic variableness of this island bearing, the ter cistrons determinant within several different E. coli O157: H7 isolates originated worldwide, has been detected. Some strains were shown to bear two transcripts of TAI, some one and there are some without this venue, demoing that these infective E. coli strains have the same evolutionary beginning

( E. coli embracing O antigen ) , but the emergent pathogens have arisen many times during development ( Taylor et al. , 2002, Wick et al. , 2005 ) .

The genome sequences of two strains of enterohemorrhagic E. coli O157: H7 were late completed ( Hayashi et al. , 2001 ; Perna et al. , 2001 ) . Comparisons between research lab E. coli strain K-12 MG1655 ( Blattner et al. , 1997 ) and EDL933, an E. coli O157: H7 strain, demonstrated that they have a complex relationship since their divergency 4,5 million old ages ago. Homology between the two is interrupted by the presence of 100s of islands of inserted DNA. K islands are DNA sections present in MG1655 ( K-12 ) but absent from EDL933 ( O157: H7 ) , whereas O islands ( OI ) are present merely in EDL933. In E. coli EDL933 two OI, designated OI 43 and OI 48, contain integrase, phage, tellurite opposition, and urease cistrons ( Perna et al. , 2001 ) . One of these islands had been identified antecedently by cosmid cloning in E. coli O157: H7 strains and in more distantly related serotypes. Tarr and coworkers termed this part the tellurite opposition an adherence-conferring island ( TAI ) . Since the island was found in E. coli O157: H7 but was absent from nontoxigenic E. coli O55: H7 and toxigenic E. coli O157: H- ( flagellum- ) , infective E. coli O157: H7 it is believed to hold acquired the TAI merely late ( Tarr et al. , 2000 ) .

2. 3. 2. 5. An inducible tellurite-resistance operon in Proteus Mirabilis

The ter operon is besides present in the chromosome of all recent clinical isolates of Proteus spp. every bit good as in some isolates of Morganella and Providencia.Futhermore, the ter operon was non located on big IncJ or IncT plasmids found in some strains of P. vulgaris and Providencia spp. ( Boltner et al. , 2002 ; Murata et al. , 2002 ) . A phyletic analysis of TeR proteins suggests a instead recent airing among the enteral bacteriums, most probably accelerated by catching plasmids ( Taylor et al. , 2002 ) .This decision is besides supported by the high degree of nucleotide individuality ( 70-80 % ) among terBCDE cistrons from the IncHI plasmids and genomic sequences from E. coli O157: H7, Y. plague and P. Mirabilis.

The P. Mirabilis ter operon differed from both its plasmid and E. coli O157-borne opposite numbers, including ( I ) a larger terA merchandise ( 44 aa larger ) which may hold resulted from a merger of terD sequences with Tera ; ( two ) the absence of terF, which is besides absent from plasmids pMJ606 and pTE53 ( Kormutakova et al. , 2000 ; Taylor et al. , 2002 ) ; and ( three ) inducibility by tellurite and to a lesser extent by agents associated with oxidative emphasis. Alliance of the step ining Deoxyribonucleic acid sequences between orf3 and terZ of P. mirabilis ( ~390 bp part incorporating putative regulative motives ) with those from the published sequences of other ter operons revealed no nucleotide sequence individuality, while that of the flanking cistrons was ~80 % , proposing that the regulative part may be alone to the P. Mirabilis ter operon. The ter operon of P. Mirabilis was inducible by tellurite has since led to rating of TeR in E. coli O157: H7 strains. There is considerable variableness in ter venue among clinical isolates with some strains incorporating duplicates of ter cistrons while others show variableness in the complement of ter cistrons. In some E. coli O157: H7 strains, prior exposure to tellurite led to increased opposition of strains when plated on K2TeO3 -containing medium and analysis of the ter cistrons by RT-PCR showed that messenger RNA of terBC and F cistrons was increased while that for terZD and E was non induced ( Taylor et al. , 2002 ) . Interestingly, the survey found that Tera was non expressed, proposing that a possible regulative part might be in this sequence.

2. 5. The mechanism of opposition to tellurite and other heavy metals

To last in the presence of high degrees of assorted toxic metals or antibiotics, bacteriums have evolved ways of forestalling the internal concentration of the noxious compound from lifting to deadly degrees. These mechanisms include ( a ) entry exclusion, for illustration, chromosomal opposition to cadmium in Bacillus subtilis ( Laddaga et al. , 1985 ) ; ( B ) bulge, e.g. , ATP-dependent outflow systems for arsenic and cadmium opposition ( Mobley and Rosen, 1982 ; Tynecka et al. , 1981 ) ; ( degree Celsius ) detoxification, e.g. , decrease of Hg 2+to volatile Hg0 in quicksilver opposition ; ( vitamin D ) segregation, e.g. , Cd opposition due to the production of cadmium-binding proteins ( Higham et al. , 1984 ; Perry and Silver, 1982 ) ; and ( vitamin E ) mark alteration, e.g. , opposition to the macrolide-lincosamide-streptogramin B ( MLS ) household of antibiotics ( Lai et al. , 1973 ) . This last mechanism has non yet been encountered in microbic opposition to metals, likely because of the more generalised nature of the marks of metal toxicity ( Summers and Barkay, 1989 ) .

There is preliminary experimental grounds that TeR can ensue from several of these possible mechanisms. Most isolates of E. coli are extremely sensitive to tellurite, holding a MIC of 0, 25 to µg/ml ( Taylor et al. , 1988 ) . Spontaneous mutations of E. coli resistant to low degrees of tellurite ( ~10µg/ml ) good as to arsenate were obtained. These mutations were found to be faulty in phosphate conveyance and were unable to turn on medium incorporating low degrees of phosphate. Transport of phosphate was competitively inhibited by tellurite. Susceptibility to tellurite could be restored by a plasmid transporting the phoB part, which is involved in phosphate ordinance. These consequences indicate that E. coli takes up tellurite by phosphate conveyance system and that reduced uptake consequences in a low degree of opposition ( Tomas and Kay, 1986 ) . E. coli transporting the IncHII Te determiner ( on plasmid pHH1508a or its derivative pDT1364 ) contain much more black metallic Te than those transporting the IncP TeR cistrons ( on plasmids RP4 and pDT1558 ) ( Taylor et al. , 1988 ) . Furthermore, the sum of black metallic Te was increased in cells transporting the TeR determiners on the high-copy-number plasmid vector pUC8. These observations suggested that the IncHII and IncP plasmids possibly encoded different mechanisms of tellurite opposition and that decrease to metallic Te may be involved. IncHII TeR determiner on pDT1364 encodes a tellurite-detoxification system, whereas the TeR determiner on pDT1558 likely encodes a different mechanism of opposition such as outflow or decreased consumption.

The rate of decrease of tellurite to black metallic Te by TeR and TeS bacteriums has been estimated utilizing a Klett tintometer ( Walter, 1990 ) . The preliminary findings suggested that the mechanism of tellurite opposition mediated by the IncHII plasmid was via the tellurite decrease. The sensitiveness of E. coli bacterial cells to tellurite and selenite was enhanced by the presence of L-methionine ( Scala and Williams, 1962, 1963 ) . Since tellurite and selenite are chemically similar to sulfate, Scala and Williams proposed that tellurite and selenite could be reduced, and therefore detoxified, by the sulphate decrease tract. The presence of an exogenic decreased S beginning such as methionine would quash this tract, therefore diminishing the rate of detoxification of selenite and tellurite, and hence increasing sensitiveness to these anions.

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