Journal article

Mutations in pimE restore lipoarabinomannan synthesis and growth in a Mycobacterium smegmatis lpqW mutant

Paul K Crellin, Svetozar Kovacevic, Kirstee L Martin, Rajini Brammananth, Yasu S Morita, Helen Billman-Jacobe, Malcolm J McConville, Ross L Coppell

JOURNAL OF BACTERIOLOGY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2008

Abstract

Lipoarabinomannans (LAMs) and phosphatidylinositol mannosides (PIMs) are abundant glycolipids in the cell walls of all corynebacteria and mycobacteria, including the devastating human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We have recently shown that M. smegmatis mutants of the lipoprotein-encoding lpqW gene have a profound defect in LAM biosynthesis. When these mutants are cultured in complex medium, spontaneous bypass mutants consistently evolve in which LAM biosynthesis is restored at the expense of polar PIM synthesis. Here we show that restoration of LAM biosynthesis in the lpqW mutant results from secondary mutations in the pimE gene. PimE is a mannosyltransferase involved in converting ..

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