• Molecular Organization of Soluble Type III Secretion System Sorting Platform Complexes.

      Bernal, Ivonne; Börnicke, Jonathan; Heidemann, Johannes; Svergun, Dmitri; Horstmann, Julia A; Erhardt, Marc; Tuukkanen, Anne; Uetrecht, Charlotte; Kolbe, Michael; CSSB, Centre for Structural Systembiologie, Notkestr.85, 22607 Hamburg. Germany. (Elsevier, 2019-07-06)
      Many medically relevant Gram-negative bacteria use the type III secretion system (T3SS) to translocate effector proteins into the host for their invasion and intracellular survival. A multi-protein complex located at the cytosolic interface of the T3SS is proposed to act as a sorting platform by selecting and targeting substrates for secretion through the system. However, the precise stoichiometry and 3D organization of the sorting platform components are unknown. Here we reconstitute soluble complexes of the Salmonella Typhimurium sorting platform proteins including the ATPase InvC, the regulator OrgB, the protein SpaO and a recently identified subunit SpaOC, which we show to be essential for the solubility of SpaO. We establish domain-domain interactions, determine for the first time the stoichiometry of each subunit within the complexes by native mass spectrometry and gain insight into their organization using small-angle X-ray scattering. Importantly, we find that in solution the assembly of SpaO/SpaOC/OrgB/InvC adopts an extended L-shaped conformation resembling the sorting platform pods seen in in situ cryo-electron tomography, proposing that this complex is the core building block that can be conceivably assembled into higher oligomers to form the T3SS sorting platform. The determined molecular arrangements of the soluble complexes of the sorting platform provide important insights into its architecture and assembly.
    • Structural analysis of ligand-bound states of the Salmonella type III secretion system ATPase InvC.

      Bernal, Ivonne; Römermann, Jonas; Flacht, Lara; Lunelli, Michele; Uetrecht, Charlotte; Kolbe, Michael; CSSB, Centre for Structural Systembiologie, Notkestr.85, 22607 Hamburg. Germany. (Wiley, 2019-10-01)
      Translocation of virulence effector proteins through the type III secretion system (T3SS) is essential for the virulence of many medically relevant Gram‐negative bacteria. The T3SS ATPases are conserved components that specifically recognize chaperone–effector complexes and energize effector secretion through the system. It is thought that functional T3SS ATPases assemble into a cylindrical structure maintained by their N‐terminal domains. Using size‐exclusion chromatography coupled to multi‐angle light scattering and native mass spectrometry, we show that in the absence of the N‐terminal oligomerization domain the Salmonella T3SS ATPase InvC can form monomers and dimers in solution. We also present for the first time a 2.05 å resolution crystal structure of InvC lacking the oligomerization domain (InvCΔ79) and map the amino acids suggested for ATPase intersubunit interaction, binding to other T3SS proteins and chaperone–effector recognition. Furthermore, we validate the InvC ATP‐binding site by co‐crystallization of InvCΔ79 with ATPγS (2.65 å) and ADP (2.80 å). Upon ATP‐analogue recognition, these structures reveal remodeling of the ATP‐binding site and conformational changes of two loops located outside of the catalytic site. Both loops face the central pore of the predicted InvC cylinder and are essential for the function of the T3SS ATPase. Our results present a fine functional and structural correlation of InvC and provide further details of the homo‐oligomerization process and ATP‐dependent conformational changes underlying the T3SS ATPase activity.