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Glycosylate and move! The glycosyltransferase Maf is involved in bacterial flagella formation

Pascal Mansuelle, Dorothée Murat, Véronique Roig-Zamboni, François Alberto, Nao Yamakawa, Gerlind Sulzenbacher, Xin-Xin Quian, Yves Bourne, Yann Guérardel, Régine Lebrun, Renaud Vincentelli, Long-Fei Wu
The flagella of various Gram-negative bacteria are decorated with diverse glycan structures, amongst them nonulosonic acids related to the sialic acid family. Although nonulosonic sugar biosynthesis pathways have been dissected in various pathogens, the enzymes transferring the sugars onto flagellin are still poorly characterized. The deletion of genes coding for Motility associated factors (Mafs) found in many pathogenic strains systematically gives rise to non-flagellated bacteria lacking specific nonulosonic sugars on the flagellins, therefore relating Maf function to flagellin glycosylation and bacterial motility. We investigated the role of Maf from our model organism, Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1, in the glycosylation and formation of the flagellum. Deletion of the gene amb0685 coding for Maf produced a non-flagellated bacterium where the flagellin was still produced but no longer glycosylated. Our X-ray structure analysis revealed that the central domain of Maf exhibits similarity to sialyltransferases from Campylobacter jejuni. Glycan analysis suggested that the nonulosonic carbohydrate structure transferred is pseudaminic acid or a very close derivative. This work describes the importance of glycosylation in the formation of the bacterial flagellum and provides the first structural model for a member of a new bacterial glycosyltransferase family involved in nonulosonic acids transfer onto flagellins. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13975

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