FusB energizes import across the outer membrane through direct interaction with its ferredoxin substrate

Marta Wojnowska, Daniel Walker, M. Stephen Trent (Editor)

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Abstract

Phytopathogenic Pectobacterium spp. import ferredoxin into the periplasm for proteolytic processing and iron release via the ferredoxin uptake system. Although the ferredoxin receptor FusA and the processing protease FusC have been identified, the mechanistic basis of ferredoxin import is poorly understood. In this work, we demonstrate that protein translocation across the outer membrane is dependent on the TonB-like protein FusB. In contrast to the loss of FusC, loss of FusB or FusA abolishes ferredoxin transport to the periplasm, demonstrating that FusA and FusB work in concert to transport ferredoxin across the outer membrane. In addition to an interaction with the “TonB box” region of FusA, FusB also forms a complex with the ferredoxin substrate, with complex formation required for substrate transport. These data suggest that ferredoxin transport requires energy transduction from the cytoplasmic membrane via FusB both for removal of the FusA plug domain and for substrate translocation through the FusA barrel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalmBio
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • pectobacterium
  • TonB
  • ferredoxin
  • outer membrane
  • plant pathogens
  • plant-microbe interactions
  • protein transport
  • periplasm
  • ferredoxin import

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