Is the exoproteome important for bacterial pathogenesis? Lessons learned from interstrain exoprotein diversity in listeria monocytogenes grown at different temperatures

Paula Cabrita, Maria João Trigo, Ricardo Boavida, Luisa Brito

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Abstract

Bacterial exoproteomes vary in composition and quantity among species and within each species, depending on the environmental conditions to which the cells are exposed. This article critically reviews the literature available on exoproteins synthesized by the foodborne pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes grown at different temperatures. The main challenges posed for exoproteome analyses and the strategies that are being used to overcome these constraints are discussed. Over thirty exoproteins from L. monocytogenes are considered, and the multifunctionality of some of them is discussed. Thus, at the host temperature of 37°C, good examples are provided by Lmo0443, a potential marker for low virulence, and by the virulence factors internalin C (InlC) and listeriolysin O (LLO). Based on the reported LLO-induced mucin exocytosis, a model is proposed for the involvement of extracellular LLO in optimizing the conditions for InlC intervention in the invasion of intestinal epithelial cells. At lower growth temperatures, exoproteins such as flagellin (FlaA) and oligopeptide permease (OppA) may explain the persistence of particular strains in the food industry environment, eventually allowing the development of new tools to eradicate L. monocytogenes, a major concern for public health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-569
Number of pages17
JournalOmics-A Journal Of Integrative Biology
Volume18
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014

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