Journal article

Identification of Novel Acinetobacter baumannii Type VI Secretion System Antibacterial Effector and Immunity Pairs.

Timothy C Fitzsimons, Jessica M Lewis, Amy Wright, Oded Kleifeld, Ralf B Schittenhelm, David Powell, Marina Harper, John D Boyce

Infection and Immunity | Published : 2018


The type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a macromolecular machine that delivers protein effectors into host cells and/or competing bacteria. The effectors may be delivered as noncovalently bound cargo of T6SS needle proteins (VgrG/Hcp/PAAR) or as C-terminal extensions of these proteins. Many Acinetobacter baumannii strains produce a T6SS, but little is known about the specific effectors or how they are delivered. In this study, we show that A. baumannii AB307-0294 encodes three vgrG loci, each containing a vgrG gene, a T6SS toxic effector gene, and an antitoxin/immunity gene. Each of the T6SS toxic effectors could kill Escherichia coli when produced in trans unless the cognate immunity protein..

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