ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints201912.0308.v1
Subject: Biology, Other Keywords: Staphylococcus aureus; bacteriophage; Kayvirus genus; endolysin; virulence determinants; vancomycin
Online: 23 December 2019 (13:10:05 CET)
Staphylococcal bacteriophages of Kayvirus genus are candidates for therapeutic applications. One of their proteins, Tgl, is slightly similar to staphylococcal virulence factors, secreted autolysins of lytic transglycosylase motifs, IsaA and SceD. We show that Tgl is also a lytic enzyme secreted by bacterial transport system and localizes to cell peripheries, like IsaA and SceD. It caused lysis of E. coli cells expressing the cloned tgl gene, but could be overproduced when depleted of signal peptide. S. aureus cells producing Tgl lysed in the presence of nisin, which mimics the action of phage holin. In vitro, Tgl protein was able to destruct S. aureus cell walls. The production of Tgl decreased S. aureus tolerance to vancomycin, unlike the production of SceD, which is associated with the decreased sensitivity to vancomycin. In the genomes of kayviruses, the tgl gene is located a few genes away from gene lysK, encoding the major endolysin. While lysK is a late phage gene, tgl can be transcribed by a host RNA polymerase, as are phage early genes. Taken together our data indicate that tgl is a part of kayviruses lytic module and encodes an additional endolysin which can act in concert with LysK in cell lysis.
ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints202302.0072.v1
Subject: Biology, Animal Sciences & Zoology Keywords: Prophage; Endolysin; Staphylococcus aureus; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Antibiotic-resistance; Bovine mastitis.
Online: 3 February 2023 (10:35:34 CET)
The increasing prevalence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) in the dairy industry has become a fundamental concern. Endolysins are bacteriophage-derived peptidoglycan hydrolases that induce the rapid lysis of host bacteria. We investigated endolysin candidates with lytic activity against MRSA and evaluated the lytic activity of the endolysin candidate against S. aureus and MRSA. To identify endolysins, we used the following bioinformatic strategy: (1) retrieval of genetic information, (2) annotation, (3) selection of MRSA, (4) selection of endolysin candidates, and (5) evaluation of protein solubility. We then characterized the endolysin candidate under various conditions. Approximately 67% of S. aureus was detected as MRSA and a total of 114 putative endolysins were found. The 114 putative endolysins were divided into three groups based on their combination of conserved domains. Considering the protein solubility, we selected putative endolysins 177 and 117. Putative endolysin 117 was successfully overexpressed and renamed LyJH1892. LyJH1892 lysed approximately 85% of S. aureus. LyJH1892 showed more potent lytic activity against MRSA than normal S. aureus (relative lytic activity > 125%). LyJH1892 showed broad lytic activity against coagulase-negative Staphylococci (CNS). In conclusion, These findings provide a rapid and useful strategy for the development of specific endolysins against antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains.
ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints202111.0558.v1
Subject: Life Sciences, Microbiology Keywords: Yersinia pestis; vaccine; guinea pigs; bubonic plague; inactivated vaccine; phage; bacterial ghost; protection; protein-E-mediated lysis, holin-endolysin system
Online: 30 November 2021 (11:08:18 CET)
To develop a modern plague vaccine, we used hypo-endotoxic Yersinia pestis bacterial ghosts (BGs) with combinations of genes encoding the bacteriophage ɸX174 lysis-mediating protein E and/or holin-endolysin systems from λ or L-413C phages. Expression of the protein E gene resulted in the BGs that retained the shape of the original bacterium. Co-expression of this gene with genes coding for holin-endolysin system of the phage L-413C caused formation of structures resembling collapsed sacs. Such structures, which have lost their rigidity, were also formed as a result of the expression of only the L-413C holin-endolysin genes. Similar holin-endolysin system from phage λ containing mutated holin gene S and intact genes R-Rz coding for the endolysins caused generation of mixtures of BGs that had (i) practically preserved and (ii) completely lost their original rigidity. The addition of protein E to the work of this system shifted the equilibrium in the mixture towards the collapsed sacs. The collapse of the structure of BGs can be explained by endolysis of peptidoglycan sacculi. Immunizations of laboratory animals with the variants of BGs followed by infection with a wild-type Y. pestis strain showed that bacterial envelopes protected only cavies. BGs with peptidoglycan maximally hydrolyzed had a greater protectivity compared to BGs with preserved peptidoglycan skeleton.