Project description:Background: Treponema denticola is strongly associated with the development of periodontal disease. Both synergistic and antagonistic effects are observed among bacterial species in the process of biofilm formation. Bacteriocin-related genes have not yet been fully characterized in periodontopathic bacteria. The aim of this study was to detect and characterize bacteriocin-associated proteins in T. denticola. Methods: The whole genome sequence of T. denticola ATCC 35405 was screened with a Streptococcus mutans bacteriocin immunity protein (ImmA/Bip) sequence. The prevalence of homologous genes in T. denticola strains was then investigated by Southern blotting. Expression of the genes was evaluated by qRT-PCR. Results: In the genome sequence of T. denticola, an amino acid sequence coded by open reading frame TDE_0719 showed 26% identity with the S. mutans ImmA. Furthermore, two protein sequences coded by TDE_0425 and TDE_2431 in T. denticola ATCC 35405 showed ~40% identity with that coded by TDE0719. Therefore, TDE_0425, TDE_0719, and TDE_2431 were designated as tepA1, A2, and A3, respectively. Open reading frames showing similarity to the HlyD family of secretion proteins were detected downstream of tepA1, A2, and A3. They were designated as tepB1, B2, and B3, respectively. A gene harboring a bacteriocin-like signal sequence was detected upstream of tepA1. The prevalence of tepA1 and A2 differed among Treponema species. Susceptibility to chloramphenicol and ofloxiacin was slightly decreased in a tepA2 mutant while that to kanamycin was increased. Expression of tepA3-B3 was increased in the tepA2 mutant. Conclusion: These results indicate that T. denticola ATCC 35405 has three potential bacteriocin export proteins and that the presence of these genes differs among the Treponema strains. These proteins may be involved in resistance to chloramphenicol. Overall design: Comparison of 2 strains. Wild type: Treponema denticola ATCC 35405, 1 sample. Mutant: Treponema denticola TDE_0719 mutant, 1 sample. All strains were harvested in early log phase.
Project description:The gene lrrA, encoding a leucine-rich repeat protein, LrrA, that contains eight consensus tandem repeats of 23 amino acid residues, has been identified in Treponema denticola ATCC 35405. A leucine-rich repeat is a generally useful protein-binding motif, and proteins containing this repeat are typically involved in protein-protein interactions. Southern blot analysis demonstrated that T. denticola ATCC 35405 expresses the lrrA gene, but the gene was not identified in T. denticola ATCC 33520. In order to analyze the functions of LrrA in T. denticola, an lrrA-inactivated mutant of strain ATCC 35405 and an lrrA gene expression transformant of strain ATCC 33520 were constructed. Characterization of the mutant and transformant demonstrated that LrrA is associated with the extracytoplasmic fraction of T. denticola and expresses multifunctional properties. It was demonstrated that the attachment of strain ATCC 35405 to HEp-2 cell cultures and coaggregation with Tannerella forsythensis were attenuated by the lrrA mutation. In addition, an in vitro binding assay demonstrated specific binding of LrrA to a portion of the Tannerella forsythensis leucine-rich repeat protein, BspA, which is mediated by the N-terminal region of LrrA. It was also observed that the lrrA mutation caused a reduction of swarming in T. denticola ATCC 35405 and consequently attenuated tissue penetration. These results suggest that the leucine-rich repeat protein LrrA plays a role in the attachment and penetration of human epithelial cells and coaggregation with Tannerella forsythensis. These properties may play important roles in the virulence of T. denticola.
Project description:There is growing evidence that a number of oral Treponema species, in particular Treponema denticola, are associated with the progression of human periodontal disease. The major sheath (or surface) protein (Msp) of T. denticola is implicated in adhesion of bacteria to host cells and tissue proteins and is likely to be an important virulence factor. However, the binding regions of the Msp are not known. We have purified from Escherichia coli recombinant Msp (rMsp) polypeptides corresponding to the following: full-length Msp (rMsp) minus 13 N-terminal amino acid (aa) residues, an amino-terminal fragment (rN-Msp, 189 aa residues), a 57-aa residue segment from the central region (rV-Msp), and a C-terminal fragment (rC-Msp, 272 aa residues). rMsp (530 aa residues) bound to immobilized fibronectin, keratin, laminin, collagen type I, fibrinogen, hyaluronic acid, and heparin. The N- and V-region polypeptides, but not rC-Msp, also bound to these substrates. Binding of rMsp to fibronectin was targeted to the N-terminal heparin I/fibrin I domain. Antibodies to the N-region or V-region polypeptides, but not antibodies to the rC-Msp fragment, blocked adhesion of T. denticola ATCC 35405 cells to a range of host protein molecules. These results suggest that the N-terminal half of Msp carries epitopes that are surface exposed and that are involved in mediating adhesion. Binding of rMsp onto the cell surface of low-level fibronectin-binding Treponema isolates conferred a 10-fold increase in fibronectin binding. This confirms that Msp functions autonomously as an adhesin and raises the possibility that phenotypic complementation of virulence functions might occur within mixed populations of Treponema species.
Project description:Treponema denticola is implicated in the etiology of periodontal diseases. We now report the construction of a specific flgE mutant of T. denticola ATCC 35405 following electroporation utilizing an erythromycin resistance cassette inserted into an flgE DNA fragment. The resulting mutant displays no visible motility and lacks periplasmic flagella as would be predicted from inactivation of the gene for the flagellar hook protein.
Project description:Treponema denticola, one of several recognized periodontal pathogens, is a model organism for studying Treponema physiology and host-microbe interactions. Its major surface protein Msp (or MOSP) comprises an oligomeric outer membrane-associated complex that binds fibronectin, has cytotoxic pore-forming activity, and disrupts several intracellular responses. There are two hypotheses regarding native Msp structure and membrane topology. One hypothesis predicts that the entire Msp protein forms a β-barrel structure similar to that of well-studied outer membrane porins of Gram-negative bacteria. The second hypothesis predicts a bipartite Msp with distinct and separate periplasmic N-terminal and porin-like β-barrel C-terminal domains. The bipartite model, based on bioinformatic analysis of the orthologous Treponema pallidum Tpr proteins, is supported largely by studies of recombinant TprC and Msp polypeptides. The present study reports immunological studies in both T. denticola and Escherichia coli backgrounds to identify a prominent Msp surface epitope (residues 229 to 251 in ATCC 35405) in a domain that differs between strains with otherwise highly conserved Msps. These results were then used to evaluate a series of in silico structural models of representative T. denticola Msps. The data presented here are consistent with a model of Msp as a large-diameter β-barrel porin. This work adds to the knowledge regarding the diverse Msp-like proteins in oral treponemes and may contribute to an understanding of the evolutionary and potential functional relationships between Msps of oral Treponema and the orthologous group of Tpr proteins of T. pallidum. IMPORTANCE Treponema denticola is among a small subset of the oral microbiota contributing to severe periodontal disease. Due to its relative genetic tractability, T. denticola is a model organism for studying Treponema physiology and host-microbe interactions. T. denticola Msp is a highly expressed outer membrane-associated oligomeric protein that binds fibronectin, has cytotoxic pore-forming activity, and disrupts intracellular regulatory pathways. It shares homology with the orthologous group of T. pallidum Tpr proteins, one of which is implicated in T. pallidum in vivo antigenic variation. The outer membrane topologies of both Msp and the Tpr family proteins are unresolved, with conflicting reports on protein domain localization and function. In this study, we combined empirical immunological data derived both from diverse T. denticola strains and from recombinant Msp expression in E. coli with in silico predictive structural modeling of T. denticola Msp membrane topology, to move toward resolution of this important issue in Treponema biology.
Project description:Treponema denticola seems to play a central role in the etiology of human periodontal disease. We have cloned an antigenic protein-coding sequence from T. denticola ATCC 33520. The protein-coding region was found to be a 3-kbp HindIII-HindIII fragment. The open reading frame consists of 1,426 bp and codes for a protein with an M(r) of 54,919. The deduced amino acid sequence showed 33.8% homology with that of the aspartate carbamoyltransferase of Escherichia coli. The gene products showed aspartate carbamoyltransferase activity.
Project description:Proteins secreted or exported by Treponema denticola have been implicated as mediators of specific interactions between the spirochete and subgingival tissues in periodontal diseases. However, limited information is available on the ability of this peptidolytic organism to bind or transport soluble peptides present in the subgingival environment. A prominent 70-kDa protein was isolated from surface extracts of T. denticola ATCC 35405. A clone expressing a portion of the protein was identified in an Escherichia coli expression library of T. denticola DNA. DNA sequence analysis showed that the cloned gene encoded a peptide homologous to OppA, the solute binding protein of an ATP-binding cassette-type peptide transporter involved in peptide uptake and environmental signaling in a wide range of bacteria. Genes encoding OppB, -C, -D, and -F were identified directly downstream of oppA in T. denticola. OppA was present in representative strains of T. denticola and in Treponema vincentii but was not detected in Treponema pectinovorum or Treponema socranskii. Immunogold electron microscopy suggested that OppA was accessible to proteins at the surface of the spirochete. Native OppA bound soluble plasminogen and fibronectin but did not bind to immobilized substrates or epithelial cells. A T. denticola oppA mutant bound reduced amounts of soluble plasminogen, and plasminogen binding to the parent strain was inhibited by the lysine analog epsilon-aminocaproic acid. Binding of soluble host proteins by OppA may be important both for spirochete-host interactions in the subgingival environment and for uptake of peptide nutrients.
Project description:Porphyromonas gingivalis and Treponema denticola are periodontalpathogens that are associated with the severity and progression of periodontal diseases. This study investigates the gene expression of Porphyromonas gingivalis during co-culture with Treponema denticola
Project description:Porphyromonas gingivalis and Treponema denticola are periodontalpathogens that are associated with the severity and progression of periodontal diseases. this study investigates the gene expression of Treponema denticola during co-culture with Porphyromonas gingivalis.
Project description:Treponema denticola does not appear to produce siderophores, so it must acquire iron by other pathways. Indeed, T. denticola has been shown to have an iron-regulated 44-kDa outer membrane protein (HbpA) with hemin binding ability. To characterize the HbpA protein, its gene was cloned from genomic DNA libraries of T. denticola. Sequence analysis of the hbpA open reading frame indicated that it encoded a 42.8-kDa protein with a 23-amino-acid signal peptide. HbpA has no significant homology to any proteins in the databases. Southern blot analysis demonstrated that hbpA is present in several T. denticola ATCC strains and clinical isolates, but not in Treponema pectinovorum, Treponema socranskii, or Escherichia coli. HbpA, expressed as a recombinant protein in E. coli and purified by antibody affinity chromatography, has hemin binding activity as determined by lithium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with tetramethylbenzidine staining. Northern blot analysis showed that there were two hbpA-containing transcripts, of approximately 1.3 and 2.6 kb, and that the RNA levels were low-iron induced. Interestingly, the 2.6-kb mRNA also encoded a second protein with significant homology to hbpA. This downstream gene, called hbpB, was cloned and sequenced and its product was expressed as a fusion protein in E. coli. The hbpB gene product is 49% identical to HbpA and binds hemin. Thus, T. denticola has two novel hemin binding proteins which may be part of a previously unrecognized iron acquisition pathway.