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See detailCrystal structure of penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) from Escherichia coli
Sauvage, Eric; Derouaux, Adeline ULg; Fraipont, Claudine ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2014)

In Escherichia coli, penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3), also known as FtsI, is a central component of the divisome, catalyzing cross-linking of the cell wall peptidoglycan during cell division. PBP3 is ... [more ▼]

In Escherichia coli, penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3), also known as FtsI, is a central component of the divisome, catalyzing cross-linking of the cell wall peptidoglycan during cell division. PBP3 is mainly periplasmic, with a 23 residues cytoplasmic tail and a single transmembrane helix. We have solved the crystal structure of a soluble form of PBP3 (PBP357-577) at 2.5 Å revealing the two modules of high molecular weight class B PBPs, a carboxy terminal module exhibiting transpeptidase activity and an amino terminal module with unknown function. To gain additional insight, the PBP3 Val88-Ser165 subdomain (PBP388-165), for which the electron density is poorly defined in the PBP3 crystal, was produced and its structure solved by SAD phasing at 2.1 Å. The structure shows a three dimensional domain swapping with a β-strand of one molecule inserted between two strands of the paired molecule, suggesting a possible role in PBP357-577 dimerization. [less ▲]

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See detailCooperativity of peptidoglycan synthases active in bacterial cell elongation.
Banzhaf, Manuel; van den Berg van Saparoea, Bart; Terrak, Mohammed ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2012), 85(1), 179-94

Growth of the bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan sacculus requires the co-ordinated activities of peptidoglycan synthases, hydrolases and cell morphogenesis proteins, but the details of these interactions ... [more ▼]

Growth of the bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan sacculus requires the co-ordinated activities of peptidoglycan synthases, hydrolases and cell morphogenesis proteins, but the details of these interactions are largely unknown. We now show that the Escherichia coli peptidoglycan glycosyltrasferase-transpeptidase PBP1A interacts with the cell elongation-specific transpeptidase PBP2 in vitro and in the cell. Cells lacking PBP1A are thinner and initiate cell division later in the cell cycle. PBP1A localizes mainly to the cylindrical wall of the cell, supporting its role in cell elongation. Our in vitro peptidoglycan synthesis assays provide novel insights into the cooperativity of peptidoglycan synthases with different activities. PBP2 stimulates the glycosyltransferase activity of PBP1A, and PBP1A and PBP2 cooperate to attach newly synthesized peptidoglycan to sacculi. PBP2 has peptidoglycan transpeptidase activity in the presence of active PBP1A. Our data also provide a possible explanation for the depletion of lipid II precursors in penicillin-treated cells. [less ▲]

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See detailThe integral membrane FtsW protein and peptidoglycan synthase PBP3 form a subcomplex in Escherichia coli
Fraipont, Claudine ULg; Alexeeva, Svetlana; Wolf, Benoît et al

in Microbiology (2011), 157

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See detailThe Monofunctional Glycosyltransferase of Escherichia Coli Localizes to the Cell Division Site and Interacts with Penicillin-Binding Protein 3, FtsW, and FtsN
Derouaux, Adeline ULg; Wolf, Benoît ULg; Fraipont, Claudine ULg et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2008), 190(5), 1831-4

The monofunctional peptidoglycan glycosyltransferase (MtgA) catalyzes glycan chain elongation of the bacterial cell wall. Here we show that MtgA localizes at the division site of Escherichia coli cells ... [more ▼]

The monofunctional peptidoglycan glycosyltransferase (MtgA) catalyzes glycan chain elongation of the bacterial cell wall. Here we show that MtgA localizes at the division site of Escherichia coli cells that are deficient in PBP1b and produce a thermosensitive PBP1a and is able to interact with three constituents of the divisome, PBP3, FtsW, and FtsN, suggesting that MtgA may play a role in peptidoglycan assembly during the cell cycle in collaboration with other proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailThe essential cell division protein FtsN interacts with the murein (peptidoglycan) synthase PBP1B in Escherichia coli
Muller, P.; Ewers, C.; Bertsche, U. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2007), 282(50), 36394-36402

Bacterial cell division requires the coordinated action of cell division proteins and murein (peptidoglycan) synthases. Interactions involving the essential cell division protein FtsN and murein synthases ... [more ▼]

Bacterial cell division requires the coordinated action of cell division proteins and murein (peptidoglycan) synthases. Interactions involving the essential cell division protein FtsN and murein synthases were studied by affinity chromatography with membrane fraction. The murein synthases PBP1A, PBP1B, and PBP3 had an affinity to immobilized FtsN. FtsN and PBP3, but not PBP1A, showed an affinity to immobilized PBP1B. The direct interaction between FtsN and PBP1B was confirmed by pulldown experiments and surface plasmon resonance. The interaction was also detected by bacterial two-hybrid analysis. FtsN and PBP1B could be cross-linked in intact cells of the wild type and in cells depleted of PBP3 or FtsW. FtsN stimulated the in vitro murein synthesis activities of PBP1B. Thus, FtsN could have a role in controlling or modulating the activity of PBP1B during cell division in Escherichia coli. [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction between two murein (peptidoglycan) synthases, PBP3 and PBP1B, in Escherichia coli
Bertsche, Ute; Kast, Thomas; Wolf, Benoît ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2006), 61(3), 675-690

The murein (peptidoglycan) sacculus is an essential polymer embedded in the bacterial envelope. The Escherichia coli class B penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 3 is a murein transpeptidase and essential for ... [more ▼]

The murein (peptidoglycan) sacculus is an essential polymer embedded in the bacterial envelope. The Escherichia coli class B penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 3 is a murein transpeptidase and essential for cell division. In an affinity chromatography experiment, the bifunctional transglycosylase-transpeptidase murein synthase PBP1B was retained by PBP3-sepharose when a membrane fraction of E. coli was applied. The direct protein-protein interaction between purified PBP3 and PBP1B was characterized in vitro by surface plasmon resonance. The interaction was confirmed in vivo employing two different methods: by a bacterial two-hybrid system, and by cross-linking/co-immunoprecipitation. In the bacterial two-hybrid system, a truncated PBP3 comprising the N-terminal 56 amino acids interacted with PBP1B. Both synthases could be cross-linked in vivo in wild-type cells and in cells lacking FtsW or FtsN. PBP1B localized diffusely and in foci at the septation site and also at the side wall. Statistical analysis of the immunofluorescence signals revealed that the localization of PBP1B at the septation site depended on the physical presence of PBP3, but not on the activity of PBP3. These studies have demonstrated, for the first time, a direct interaction between a class B PBP (PBP3) and a class A PBP (PBP1B) in vitro and in vivo, indicating that different murein synthases might act in concert to enlarge the murein sacculus during cell division. [less ▲]

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See detailGlycosyl transferase activity of the Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein 1b: Specificity profile for the substrate
Fraipont, Claudine ULg; Sapunaric, Frédéric ULg; Zervosen, Astrid ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2006), 45(12), 4007-4013

The glycosyl transferase of the Escherichia coli bifunctional penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 1b catalyzes the assembly of lipid-transported N-acetylglucosaminyl-beta-1,4-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-Ala-gamma-D ... [more ▼]

The glycosyl transferase of the Escherichia coli bifunctional penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 1b catalyzes the assembly of lipid-transported N-acetylglucosaminyl-beta-1,4-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu-meso-A(2)pm-D-Ala-D-Ala units (lipid II) into linear peptidoglycan chains. These units are linked, at C1 of N-acetylmuramic acid (MurNAc), to a C-55 undecaprenyl pyrophosphate. In an in vitro assay, lipid II functions both as a glycosyl donor and as a glycosyl acceptor substrate. Using substrate analogues, it is suggested that the specificity of the enzyme for the glycosyl donor substrate differs from that for the acceptor. The donor substrate requires the presence of both N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) and MurNAc and a reactive group on C1 of the MurNAc and does not absolutely require the lipid chain which can be replaced by uridine. The enzyme appears to prefer an acceptor substrate containing a polyprenyl pyrophosphate on C1 of the MurNAc sugar. The problem of glycan chain elongation that presumably proceeds by the repetitive addition of disaccharide peptide units at their reducing end is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMaturation of the Escherichia coli divisome occurs in two steps
Aarsman, Mirjam E. G.; Piette, André ULg; Fraipont, Claudine ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2005), 55(6), 1631-1645

Cell division proteins FtsZ ( FtsA, ZipA, ZapA), FtsE/X, FtsK, FtsQ, FtsL/B, FtsW, PBP3, FtsN and AmiC localize at mid cell in Escherichia coli in an interdependent order as listed. To investigate whether ... [more ▼]

Cell division proteins FtsZ ( FtsA, ZipA, ZapA), FtsE/X, FtsK, FtsQ, FtsL/B, FtsW, PBP3, FtsN and AmiC localize at mid cell in Escherichia coli in an interdependent order as listed. To investigate whether this reflects a time dependent maturation of the divisome, the average cell age at which FtsZ, FtsQ, FtsW, PBP3 and FtsN arrive at their destination was determined by immuno- and GFP- fluorescence microscopy of steady state grown cells at a variety of growth rates. Consistently, a time delay of 14 - 21 min, depending on the growth rate, between Z-ring formation and the mid cell recruitment of proteins down stream of FtsK was found. We suggest a two-step model for bacterial division in which the Z-ring is involved in the switch from cylindrical to polar peptidoglycan synthesis, whereas the much later localizing cell division proteins are responsible for the modification of the envelope shape into that of two new poles. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of the cell division protein FtsW of Escherichia coli
Pastoret, Soumya; Fraipont, Claudine ULg; den Blaauwen, Tanneke et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2004), 186(24), 8370-8379

Site-directed mutagenesis experiments combined with fluorescence microscopy shed light on the role of Escherichia coli FtsW, a membrane protein belonging to the SEDS family that is involved in ... [more ▼]

Site-directed mutagenesis experiments combined with fluorescence microscopy shed light on the role of Escherichia coli FtsW, a membrane protein belonging to the SEDS family that is involved in peptidoglycan assembly during cell elongation, division, and sporulation. This essential cell division protein has 10 transmembrane segments (TMSs). It is a late recruit to the division site and is required for subsequent recruitment of penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) catalyzing peptide cross-linking. The results allow identification of several domains of the protein with distinct functions. The localization of PBP3 to the septum was found to be dependent on the periplasmic loop located between TMSs 9 and 10. The E240-A249 amphiphilic peptide in the periplasmic loop between TMSs 7 and 8 appears to be a key element in the functioning of FtsW in the septal peptidoglycan assembly machineries. The intracellular loop (containing the R166-FI78 amphiphilic peptide) between TMSs 4 and 5 and Gly 311 in TMS 8 are important components of the amino acid sequence-folding information. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural determinants required to target penicillin-binding protein 3 to the septum of Escherichia coli
Piette, André ULg; Fraipont, Claudine ULg; den Blaauwen, Tanneke et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2004), 186(18), 6110-6117

In Escherichia coli, cell division is mediated by the concerted action of about 12 proteins that assemble at the division site to presumably form a complex called the divisome. Among these essential ... [more ▼]

In Escherichia coli, cell division is mediated by the concerted action of about 12 proteins that assemble at the division site to presumably form a complex called the divisome. Among these essential division proteins, the multimodular class B penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3), which is specifically involved in septall peptidoglycan synthesis, consists of a short intraceflular M1-R23 peptide fused to a F24-L39 membrane anchor that is linked via a G40-S70 peptide to an R71-1236 noncatalytic module itself linked to a D237-V577 catalytic penicillin -binding module. On the basis of localization analyses of PBP3 mutants fused to green fluorescent protein by fluorescence microscopy, it appears that the first 56 amino acid residues of PBP3 containing the membrane anchor and the G40-E56 peptide contain the structural determinants required to target the protein to the cell division site and that none of the putative protein interaction sites present in the noncatalytic module are essential for the positioning of the protein to the division site. Based on the effects of increasing production of FtsQ or FtsW on the division of cells expressing PBP3 mutants, it is suggested that these proteins could interact. We postulate that FtsQ could play a role in regulating the assembly of these division proteins at the division site and the activity of the peptidoglycan assembly machineries within the divisome. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential Functionalities of Amphiphilic Peptide Segments of the Cell-Septation Penicillin-Binding Protein 3 of Escherichia Coli
Marrec-Fairley, Monique; Piette, André ULg; Gallet, Xavier et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2000), 37(5), 1019-1031

The class B M1-V577 penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 3 of Escherichia coli consists of a M1-L39 membrane anchor (bearing a cytosolic tail) that is linked via a G40-S70 intervening peptide to an R71-I236 ... [more ▼]

The class B M1-V577 penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 3 of Escherichia coli consists of a M1-L39 membrane anchor (bearing a cytosolic tail) that is linked via a G40-S70 intervening peptide to an R71-I236 non-catalytic module (containing the conserved motifs 1-3) itself linked via motif 4 to a D237-V577 catalytic module (containing the conserved motifs 5-7 of the penicilloyl serine transferases superfamily). It has been proposed that during cell septation the peptidoglycan crosslinking activity of the acyl transferase module of PBP3 is regulated by the associated M1-I236 polypeptide itself in interaction with other components of the divisome. The fold adopted by the R71-V577 polypeptide of PBP3 has been modelled by reference to the corresponding R76-S634 polypeptide of the class B Streptococcus pneumoniae PBP2x. Based on these data and the results of site-directed mutagenesis of motifs 1-3 and of peptide segments of high amphiphilicity (identified from hydrophobic moment plots), the M1-I236 polypeptide of PBP3 appears to be precisely designed to work in the way proposed. The membrane anchor and the G40-S70 sequence (containing the G57-Q66 peptide segment) upstream from the non-catalytic module have the information ensuring that PBP3 undergoes proper insertion within the divisome at the cell septation site. Motif 1 and the I74-L82 overlapping peptide segment, motif 2 and the H160-G172 overlapping peptide segment, and the G188-D197 motif 3 are located at or close to the intermodule junction. They contain the information ensuring that PBP3 folds correctly and the acyl transferase catalytic centre adopts the active configuration. The E206-V217 peptide segment is exposed at the surface of the non-catalytic module. It has the information ensuring that PBP3 fulfils its cell septation activity within the fully complemented divisome. [less ▲]

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See detailRésistance bactérienne aux beta-lactamines
Charlier, Paulette ULg; Coyette, Jacques ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (1998), 14(5), 544-555

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See detailThe Bimodular G57-V577 Polypeptide Chain of the Class B Penicillin-Binding Protein 3 of Escherichia Coli Catalyzes Peptide Bond Formation from Thiolesters and Does Not Catalyze Glycan Chain Polymerization from the Lipid II Intermediate
Adam, Maggy; Fraipont, Claudine ULg; Rhazi, Noureddine ULg et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (1997), 179(19), 6005-6009

Because the specificity profile of the membrane anchor-free G57-V577 penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) of Escherichia coli for a large series of beta-lactam antibiotics is similar to that of the full ... [more ▼]

Because the specificity profile of the membrane anchor-free G57-V577 penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) of Escherichia coli for a large series of beta-lactam antibiotics is similar to that of the full-size membrane-bound PBP, the truncated PBP is expected to adopt the native folded conformation. The truncated PBP3 functions as a thiolesterase. In aqueous media and in the presence of millimolar concentrations of a properly structured amino compound, it catalyzes the aminolysis of the thiolester until completion, suggesting that the penicillin-binding module of PBP3 is designed to catalyze transpeptidation reactions. In contrast, the truncated PBP3 is devoid of glycan polymerization activity on the E. coli lipid II intermediate, suggesting that the non-penicillin-binding module of PBP3 is not a transglycosylase. [less ▲]

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See detailPenicillin-binding proteins. Wall peptidoglycan assembly and resistance to penicillin: facts, doubts and hopes
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Coyette, Jacques ULg et al

in International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (1997), 8(1), 45-60

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the ... [more ▼]

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan are revisited in light of these advances. The reactions through which the D-alanyl-D-alanine depeptide is formed, utilized, and hydrolyzed and the sites of action of the glycopeptide and β-lactam antibiotics illustrate the concept according to which new enzyme functions evolve as a result of tinkering of existing proteins. This occurs by the acquisition of local structural changes, the fusion into mul-timodular polypeptides, and the association into multiprotein complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe non-penicillin-binding module of the tripartite penicillin-binding protein 3 of Escherichia Coli is required for folding and/or stability of the penicillin-binding module and the membrane-anchoring module confers cell septation activity on the folded structure
Goffin, Colette ULg; Fraipont, Claudine ULg; Ayala, Juan et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (1996), 178(18), 5402-5409

The ftsI-encoded multimodular class B penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) is a key element of the cell septation machinery of Escherichia coli. Altered ftsI genes were overexpressed, and the gene products ... [more ▼]

The ftsI-encoded multimodular class B penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) is a key element of the cell septation machinery of Escherichia coli. Altered ftsI genes were overexpressed, and the gene products were analyzed with respect to the level of production, stability, penicillin affinity, and cell septation activity. In contrast to the serine beta-lactamases and low-molecular-mass PBPs which are autonomous folding entities, the S-259-to-V-577 penicillin-binding module of M-1-to-V-577 PBP3 lacks the amino acid sequence information for correct folding. The missing piece of information is provided by the associated G-57-to-E-258 non-penicillin-binding module which functions as a noncleaved, pseudointramolecular chaperone. Key elements of the folding information reside within the motif 1-containing R-60-to-W-110 polypeptide segment and within G-188-to-D-197 motif 3 of the n-PB module. The intermodule interaction is discussed in the light of the known three-dimensional structure (at 3.5-A [0.35-nm] resolution) of the analogous class B PBP2x of Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. Pares, N. Mouz, Y. Petillot, R. Hakenbeck, and O. Dideberg, Nature Struct. Biol. 3:284-289, 1996). Correct folding and adoption of a stable penicillin-binding conformation are necessary but not sufficient to confer cell septation activity to PBP3 in exponentially growing cells. The in vivo activity of PBP3 also depends on the M-1-to-E-56 amino-terminal module which encompasses the cytosol, the membrane, and the periplasm and which functions as a noncleaved pseudo-signal peptide. [less ▲]

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See detailPenicillin and Beyond: Evolution, Protein Fold, Multimodular Polypeptides, and Multiprotein Complexes
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Coyette, Jacques et al

in Microbial Drug Resistance : Mechanism, Epidemiology, & Disease (1996), 2(2, Summer), 163-175

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the ... [more ▼]

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan are revisited in light of these advances. The reactions through which the D-alanyl-D-alanine depeptide is formed, utilized, and hydrolyzed and the sites of action of the glycopeptide and beta-lactam antibiotics illustrate the concept according to which new enzyme functions evolve as a result of tinkering of existing proteins. This occurs by the acquisition of local structural changes, the fusion into multimodular polypeptides, and the association into multiprotein complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailEngineering and Overexpression of Periplasmic Forms of the Penicillin-Binding Protein 3 of Escherichia Coli
Fraipont, Claudine ULg; Adam, Maggy; Nguyen-Disteche, Martine et al

in Biochemical Journal (1994), 298(1), 189-195

Replacement of the 36 and 56 N-terminal amino acid residues of the 588-amino-acid-residue membrane-bound penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) of Escherichia coli by the OmpA signal peptide allows export of ... [more ▼]

Replacement of the 36 and 56 N-terminal amino acid residues of the 588-amino-acid-residue membrane-bound penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) of Escherichia coli by the OmpA signal peptide allows export of F37-V577 PBP3 and G57-V577 PBP3 respectively into the periplasm. The modified ftsI genes were placed under the control of the fused lpp promoter and lac promoter/operator; expression of the truncated PBP3s was optimized by varying the copy number of the recombinant plasmids and the amount of LacI repressor, and export was facilitated by increasing the SecB content of the producing strain. The periplasmic PBP3s (yield 8 mg/l of culture) were purified to 70% protein homogeneity. They require the presence of 0.25 M NaCl to remain soluble. Like the membrane-bound PBP3, they undergo processing by elimination of the C-terminal decapeptide I578-S588, they bind penicillin in a 1:1 molar ratio and they catalyse hydrolysis and aminolysis of acyclic thioesters that are analogues of penicillin. The membrane-anchor-free PBP3s have ragged N-termini. The G57-V577 PBP3, however, is less prone to proteolytic degradation than the F37-V577 PBP3. [less ▲]

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See detailSerine-Type D-Ala-D-Ala Peptidases and Penicillin-Binding Proteins
Granier, Benoît; Jamin, Marc; Adam, Maggy et al

in Methods in Enzymology (1994), 244

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See detailInduction of a Streptomyces Cacaoi Beta-Lactamase Gene Cloned in S. Lividans
Lenzini, V. M.; Magdalena, J.; Fraipont, Claudine ULg et al

in Molecular & General Genetics [=MGG] (1992), 235(1), 41-8

The previously cloned class A beta-lactamase gene (bla) of Streptomyces cacaoi was shown to be inducible by beta-lactam compounds in the host organism S. lividans. A regulatory region of 2.75 kb was ... [more ▼]

The previously cloned class A beta-lactamase gene (bla) of Streptomyces cacaoi was shown to be inducible by beta-lactam compounds in the host organism S. lividans. A regulatory region of 2.75 kb was identified and the nucleotide sequence determined. It contained four open reading frames (ORFs) of which only two were complete and required for induction. ORF1-ORF2 exerted a positive regulatory effect on the expression of bla. Inactivation of ORF1 or of ORF2 resulted not only in the loss of induction, but also in a 30- to 60-fold decrease in the basal (non-induced) level of beta-lactamase production. ORF1 codes for a DNA-binding protein related to the AmpR repressor/activator, which controls the expression of ampC (class C beta-lactamase) genes in several Enterobacteria. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruction and use of a secretion vector in Streptomyces
Fraipont, Claudine ULg; Lenzini, Mauro; Dusart, Jean

in Baumberg, Simon; Krügel, Hans; Noack, Dieter (Eds.) Genetics and Product Formation in Streptomyces (1991)

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