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Cold shock proteins contribute to the regulation of listeriolysin o production in listeria monocytogenes


Schärer, K; Stephan, R; Tasara, T (2013). Cold shock proteins contribute to the regulation of listeriolysin o production in listeria monocytogenes. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 10:1023-1029.

Abstract

Cold shock proteins (Csps) are multifunctional nucleic acid binding proteins used to regulate a wide range of gene expression responses in bacteria. We report here that Csps regulate the production of the pore-forming cytolysin listeriolysin (LLO) and hemolysis phenotypes in Listeria monocytogenes. A triple csp gene deletion mutant incapable of producing any Csps, as well as double csp gene deletion mutants only producing either CspA or CspD, caused less hemolysis and produced lower LLO concentration. On the other hand, another double csp gene deletion mutant that produces CspB retained hemolysis and LLO production levels that are similar to the parental wild-type strain. Transcription analysis showed that in absence of all three csp genes or cspB alone, L. monocytogenes cells have decreased levels of hly gene transcripts, which code for the synthesis of LLO proteins. A comparative examination of mRNA stability showed that hly transcripts were more rapidly degraded in L. monocytogenes triple csp gene deletion mutant cells that are not capable of producing Csps. Overall, our results indicate that Csps, in particular CspB, are important components of gene expression regulatory mechanisms that promote efficient LLO production and hence virulence responses of L. monocytogenes.

Abstract

Cold shock proteins (Csps) are multifunctional nucleic acid binding proteins used to regulate a wide range of gene expression responses in bacteria. We report here that Csps regulate the production of the pore-forming cytolysin listeriolysin (LLO) and hemolysis phenotypes in Listeria monocytogenes. A triple csp gene deletion mutant incapable of producing any Csps, as well as double csp gene deletion mutants only producing either CspA or CspD, caused less hemolysis and produced lower LLO concentration. On the other hand, another double csp gene deletion mutant that produces CspB retained hemolysis and LLO production levels that are similar to the parental wild-type strain. Transcription analysis showed that in absence of all three csp genes or cspB alone, L. monocytogenes cells have decreased levels of hly gene transcripts, which code for the synthesis of LLO proteins. A comparative examination of mRNA stability showed that hly transcripts were more rapidly degraded in L. monocytogenes triple csp gene deletion mutant cells that are not capable of producing Csps. Overall, our results indicate that Csps, in particular CspB, are important components of gene expression regulatory mechanisms that promote efficient LLO production and hence virulence responses of L. monocytogenes.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Food Safety and Hygiene
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:30 Dec 2013 10:26
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:19
Publisher:Mary Ann Liebert
ISSN:1535-3141
Additional Information:This is a copy of an article published in the Foodborne Pathogens and Disease ©2013 copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.; Foodborne Pathogens and Disease is available online at: http://www.liebertonline.com.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1089/fpd.2013.1562
PubMed ID:23952475

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