Special Seminar – Rome Voulhoux

voulhoux.rome.3“Towards a better understanding of the bacterial type II secretion pathway”, Romé Voulhoux, LISM UMR7255, CNRS Marseille, France.  Thursday, December 4, 2014 @ 3:00 pm, LSC #3, 2350 Health Sciences Mall

Hosted by Dr. Franck Duong






The bacterial type II secretion system (T2SS) is unique in its ability to promote the transport of large folded and sometimes multimeric proteins. In this secretion process, exoproteins are first translocated into the periplasm. The final release into the medium requires a multiprotein complex called the secreton. Although the 12 individual components of the secreton have been identified, its mode of action remains obscure. We set up various dedicated in vitro and in vivo protein-protein interaction experiments to identify the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Xcp T2SS periplasmic interactome. BIAcore experiments revealed that three Xcp components, XcpP, the secretin XcpQ, and the pseudopilus tip, directly and specifically interact with secreted exoproteins. Affinity chromatography co-purification indicated that XcpY and XcpZ periplasmic domains also interact with the secreted substrate.  Altogether, our results allowed us to propose the most advanced integrative model of Xcp T2SS assembly and function.