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A Molecular Mechanism for Bacterial Susceptibility to Zinc

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS Pathogens, November 2011
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Title
A Molecular Mechanism for Bacterial Susceptibility to Zinc
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PLoS Pathogens, November 2011
DOI 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002357
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Christopher A. McDevitt, Abiodun D. Ogunniyi, Eugene Valkov, Michael C. Lawrence, Bostjan Kobe, Alastair G. McEwan, James C. Paton

Abstract

Transition row metal ions are both essential and toxic to microorganisms. Zinc in excess has significant toxicity to bacteria, and host release of Zn(II) at mucosal surfaces is an important innate defence mechanism. However, the molecular mechanisms by which Zn(II) affords protection have not been defined. We show that in Streptococcus pneumoniae extracellular Zn(II) inhibits the acquisition of the essential metal Mn(II) by competing for binding to the solute binding protein PsaA. We show that, although Mn(II) is the high-affinity substrate for PsaA, Zn(II) can still bind, albeit with a difference in affinity of nearly two orders of magnitude. Despite the difference in metal ion affinities, high-resolution structures of PsaA in complex with Mn(II) or Zn(II) showed almost no difference. However, Zn(II)-PsaA is significantly more thermally stable than Mn(II)-PsaA, suggesting that Zn(II) binding may be irreversible. In vitro growth analyses show that extracellular Zn(II) is able to inhibit Mn(II) intracellular accumulation with little effect on intracellular Zn(II). The phenotype of S. pneumoniae grown at high Zn(II):Mn(II) ratios, i.e. induced Mn(II) starvation, closely mimicked a ΔpsaA mutant, which is unable to accumulate Mn(II). S. pneumoniae infection in vivo elicits massive elevation of the Zn(II):Mn(II) ratio and, in vitro, these Zn(II):Mn(II) ratios inhibited growth due to Mn(II) starvation, resulting in heightened sensitivity to oxidative stress and polymorphonuclear leucocyte killing. These results demonstrate that microbial susceptibility to Zn(II) toxicity is mediated by extracellular cation competition and that this can be harnessed by the innate immune response.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Luxembourg 1 <1%
Unknown 298 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 82 27%
Researcher 60 20%
Student > Bachelor 37 12%
Student > Master 36 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 5%
Other 46 15%
Unknown 29 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 78 26%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 69 23%
Chemistry 29 10%
Immunology and Microbiology 28 9%
Materials Science 12 4%
Other 47 15%
Unknown 41 13%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 37. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 August 2021.
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