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Analysis of the Brucella suis Twin Arginine Translocation System and Its Substrates Shows That It Is Essential for Viability

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Bacteria use the twin arginine translocator (Tat) system to export folded proteins from the cytosol to the bacterial envelope or to the extracellular environment. As with most Gram-negative bacteria, the Tat system of the zoonotic pathogen Brucella spp. is encoded by a three-gene operon, tatABC. Our attempts, using several different strategies, to create a Brucella suis strain 1330 tat mutant were all unsuccessful. This suggested that, for B. suis, Tat is essential, in contrast to a recent report for Brucella melitensis. This was supported by our findings that two molecules that inhibit the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Tat system also inhibit B. suis, B. melitensis, and Brucella abortus growth in vitro. In a bioinformatic screen of the B. suis 1330 proteome, we identified 28 proteins with putative Tat signal sequences. We used a heterologous reporter assay based on export of the Tat-dependent amidase AmiA by using the Tat signal sequences from the Brucella proteins to confirm that 20 of the 28 candidates can engage the Tat pathway.
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hal-04041496 , version 1 (22-03-2023)

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Elia Riquelme, Sabina Omarova, Bérengère Ize, David O’callaghan. Analysis of the Brucella suis Twin Arginine Translocation System and Its Substrates Shows That It Is Essential for Viability. Infection and Immunity, 2023, 91 (1), ⟨10.1128/iai.00459-22⟩. ⟨hal-04041496⟩
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