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The Listeria monocytogenes genome includes a large family of proteins harbouring leucine-rich repeats known as internalins (Inl). The generation of novel mutants and comparative analysis of Inl variability among Listeria and other bacterial genomes suggest that beyond the extensively-studied invasins, InlA and InlB, additional internalins also play(More)
The food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is adapted to a diversity of environments, such as soil, food, body fluids, and the cytosol of eukaryotic cells. The transition between saprophytic and pathogenic life is mediated through complex regulatory pathways that modulate the expression of virulence factors. Here we examined the expression of inlJ, a(More)
Sortases are enzymes that anchor surface proteins to the cell wall of Gram-positive bacteria by cleaving a sorting motif located in the C-terminus of the protein substrate. The best-characterized motif is LPXTG, which is cleaved between the T and G residues. In this study, a non-gel proteomic approach was used to identify surface proteins recognized by the(More)
Listeria monocytogenes cross the intestinal barrier causing systemic infections with high mortality rates. Intestinal infection triggers release of intestinal mucus. We show that three L. monocytogenes internalins, InlB, InlC and InlJ all bound to MUC2 (the major component of intestinal mucus), but not to the cell surface mucin MUC1. Binding was strongest(More)
Listeria monocytogenes expresses surface proteins covalently anchored to the peptidoglycan by sortase enzymes. Inactivation of srtA attenuates Listeria virulence in mice (H. Bierne, S. K. Mazmanian, M. Trost, M. G. Pucciarelli, G. Liu, P. Dehoux, L. Jansch, F. Garcia-del Portillo, O. Schneewind, and P. Cossart, Mol. Microbiol. 43:869-881, 2002). We show(More)
Sortases are transamidases that covalently link proteins to the peptidoglycan of gram-positive bacteria. The genome of the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes encodes two sortases genes, srtA and srtB. The srtA gene product anchors internalin and some other LPXTG-containing proteins to the listerial surface. Here, we focus on the role of the second(More)
We report on the crystal structure of the internalin domain of InlJ, a virulence-associated surface protein of Listeria monocytogenes, at 2.7-A resolution. InlJ is a member of the internalin family of listerial cell surface proteins characterized by a common N-terminal domain. InlJ bears 15 leucine-rich repeats (LRRs), the same number as in InlA, the(More)
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