Explore RdhK based regulatory network of organohalide respiration using a hybrid proteins strategy

Reductive dehalogenase (rdh) gene clusters encode for proteins involved in organohalide respiration (OHR), a bacterial process where organohalide compounds are used as terminal electron acceptors. RdhK proteins, members of the CRP/FNR family of transcription regulator, are dedicated to the regulation of rdh gene clusters. To date only a few RdhK proteins have been characterized in Desulfitobacterium hafniense while many copies of rdhK genes have been identified within OHR bacteria genomes1,2. RdhK, when bound to a specific organohalide compound, recognizes a palindromic sequence located in the promoter region of rdh genes3. Generally, the protein activates the cluster of genes responsible for the respiration of the recognized effector. Therefore, the identification of both binding partners may represent an indirect way to identify new substrates for yet undescribed rdh gene clusters. Visualization of the tripartite complex requires the presence of the interdependent effector and dehalobox partners which makes in vitro screening not applicable. To circumvent this problem, the design of hybrid RdhK proteins is proposed here. The idea is to allow the decoupling of the effector screening from the screening of the DNA targets. According to RdhK6 structure, two alternative hybrids were designed4,5. The corresponding proteins were purified and tested for in vitro interactions. A comparison of their interactions specificity and their potential use to fit the objectives will be presented. Moreover, results obtained will be confronted to the described RdhK mechanism3,5. Finally, preliminary results on the application of this method for the characterization of new RdhK proteins will be discussed. [1] Gábor et al. (2008). Microbiology 154(12):3686 [2] Rupakula et al. (2013) Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B. Biol. Sci. 368(20120325):1 [3] Levy et al. (2008) Mol. Microbiol. 70(1):151 [4] Kim et al. (2012) BMC Microbiol. 12(1):21 [5] Joyce et al. (2006) J. Biol. Chem. 281(38):28318

Holliger, Christof
Maillard, Julien
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Annual Congress of the Swiss Society for Microbiology, Lausanne, Switzerland, 28-30 August 2018
Aug 28 2018

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