Mycobacteria produce proteins involved in biofilm formation and growth-affecting processes

Korabliovienė, Joana and Mauricas, Mykolas and Ambrozevičienė, Česlova and Valius, Mindaugas and Kaupinis, Algirdas and Čaplinskas, Saulius and Korabliov, Pavel (2018) Mycobacteria produce proteins involved in biofilm formation and growth-affecting processes. Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica, 65 (3). pp. 405-418. ISSN 1217-8950


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The aim of this study was to determine the effect of mycobacterial proteins on mycobacterial biofilm formation and growth processes. We separated growth-affecting proteins (GEPs) from wild type of Mycobacterium bovis and ATCC strain of Mycobacterium avium subsp. avium. Our results showed that these mycobacteria-secreted GEPs are involved in biofilm formation, growth stimulatory, and inhibitory processes. Our findings suggest that GEP stimulated M. avium subsp. avium growth in vitro. Stimulation process was observed in mycobacteria affected with GEP extracted from M. avium subsp. avium. We found that both GEPs inhibited the growth of the M. bovis. Optical density measurement and visual analysis confirm that GEP plays an important role in biofilm formation process. Most of M. bovis GEP are associated with the type VII secretion and general secretion pathways. Our results contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying mycobacterial biofilm formation and growth-affecting processes and better characterization of mycobacterial proteins and their functions. It is noteworthy that this finding represents the first demonstration of GEP-mediated growth effects on a solid and liquid medium.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QR Microbiology / mikrobiológia
Depositing User: Ágnes Sallai
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 09:53
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 23:15

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