Journal article

Defining the Role of the Streptococcus agalactiae Sht-Family Proteins in Zinc Acquisition and Complement Evasion

P Moulin, V Rong, A Ribeiro E Silva, VG Pederick, E Camlade, L Mereghetti, CA McDevitt, A Hiron

Journal of Bacteriology | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Streptococcus agalactiae is not only part of the human intestinal and urogenital microbiota but is also a leading cause of septicemia and meningitis in neonates. Its ability to cause disease depends upon the acquisition of nutrients from its environment, including the transition metal ion zinc. The primary zinc acquisition system of the pathogen is the Adc/Lmb ABC permease, which is essential for viability in zinc-restricted environments. Here, we show that in addition to the AdcCB transporter and the three zinc-binding proteins, Lmb, AdcA, and AdcAII, S. agalactiae zinc homeostasis also involves two streptococcal histidine triad (Sht) proteins. Sht and ShtII are required for zinc uptake via..

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