Functional definition of BirA suggests a biotin utilization pathway in the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis

Abstract

Biotin protein ligase is universal in three domains of life. The paradigm version of BPL is the Escherichia coli BirA that is also a repressor for the biotin biosynthesis pathway. Streptococcus suis, a leading bacterial agent for swine diseases, seems to be an increasingly-important opportunistic human pathogen. Unlike the scenario in E. coli, S. suis lacks the de novo biotin biosynthesis pathway. In contrast, it retains a bioY, a biotin transporter-encoding gene, indicating an alternative survival strategy for S. suis to scavenge biotin from its inhabiting niche. Here we report functional definition of S. suis birA homologue. The in vivo functions of the birA paralogue with only 23.6% identity to the counterpart of E. coli, was judged by its ability to complement the conditional lethal mutants of E. coli birA. The recombinant BirA protein of S. suis was overexpressed in E. coli, purified to homogeneity and verified with MS. Both cellulose TLC and MALDI-TOFF-MS assays demonstrated that the S. suis BirA protein catalyzed the biotinylation reaction of its acceptor biotin carboxyl carrier protein. EMSA assays confirmed binding of the bioY gene to the S. suis BirA. The data defined the first example of the bifunctional BirA ligase/repressor in Streptococcus.

DOI: 10.1038/srep26479

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@inproceedings{Ye2016FunctionalDO, title={Functional definition of BirA suggests a biotin utilization pathway in the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis}, author={Huiyan Ye and Mingzhu Cai and Huimin Zhang and Zhencui Li and Ronghui Wen and Youjun Feng}, booktitle={Scientific reports}, year={2016} }