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Legionella pneumophila Strain 130b Possesses a Unique Combination of Type IV Secretion Systems and Novel Dot/Icm Secretion System Effector Proteins

Gunnar N Schroeder, Nicola K Petty, Aurelie Mousnier, Clare R Harding, Adam J Vogrin, Bryan Wee, Norman K Fry, Timothy G Harrison, Hayley J Newton, Nicholas R Thomson, Scott A Beatson, Gordon Dougan, Elizabeth L Hartland, Gad Frankel



Legionella pneumophila is a ubiquitous inhabitant of environmental water reservoirs. The bacteria infect a wide variety of protozoa and, after accidental inhalation, human alveolar macrophages, which can lead to severe pneumonia. The capability to thrive in phagocytic hosts is dependent on the Dot/Icm type IV secretion system (T4SS), which translocates multiple effector proteins into the host cell. In this study, we determined the draft genome sequence of L. pneumophila strain 130b (Wadsworth). We found that the 130b genome encodes a unique set of T4SSs, namely, the Dot/Icm T4SS, a Trb-1-like T4SS, and two Lvh T4SS gene clusters. Sequence analysis substantiated that a core set of 107 Dot/Icm..

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Funding Acknowledgements

E.H. is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, and S.A.B. is an ARC Research Fellow. The Pathogen genomics group is funded by The Wellcome Trust. This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, the Wellcome Trust, and the Medical Research Council (MRC).