Presentation on theme: "1.. Intragenic repeats generate size variability in immunogenic proteins in Aspergillus fumigatus Nir Osherov Human Microbiology Department, Tel Aviv."— Presentation transcript:
What is the effect of tandem repeat elongation on adhesion? FLO1 is a GPI-anchored tandem-repeat protein involved in adhesion in S. cerevisiae Adhesion increases…. Flocculation increases… Verstrepen et al., Nature Genetics 2005 As the number of repeats increases… 6.
Does variability exist in the population? Different S. cerevisiae strains carry FLO1 alleles of varying lengths S. cerevisiae strain 7. Verstrepen et al. Nature Genetics 2005
Aims of research Are there tandem repeats in A.fumigatus genes and are they size-variable? Are there tandem repeats in A.fumigatus genes and are they size-variable? Are there tandem repeat-containing CWPs in A.fumigatus and are they size-variable? Are there tandem repeat-containing CWPs in A.fumigatus and are they size-variable? How will their deletion affect the phenotype? How will their deletion affect the phenotype? 8
Tandem repeats – A. fumigatus Kevin Verstrepen, Gerry Fink, MIT 292 ORFs containing Tandem Repeats (Etand>35) Tandem repeats ETANDEM A. fumigatus annotated genome 9.
How does the data look? 89.132184321188613 Afu3g08990 93.6 1010393011104715 Afu2g05150 91.231982921382789 Afu4g09600 Conservation % Rpt # Rp t size Etandem score Rpt end Rpt start Gene name 10.
Are these tandem-repeat (TR) genes variable in size among A. fumigatus isolates? Aspergillus isolates Genomic DNA PCR TR-gene 1 2 3 4 5 Aspergillus isolate # 11.
Lactobacillus hyp. 10-321562 aa 1369 aaTetrahymena FH2 10-27 1212 aaStrep. agalactiae 10-27 C-protein β-ag 940 aaTryp. cruzi trans-sialidase 10-20 430 aaAfu3g08990 TR region 954 aa Human collagen type XXI 10-17 Pan-species Blast reveals little…. 20.
Afu3g08990 expression is upregulated by damage to the cell wall and plasma membrane 21.
3 1 2 random AF 293 KI Time (h) Hyphal length in µm Deletion of Afu3g08990 leads to early germination 22.
AF 293 1 2 3 random KI Conidia per field The Afu3g08990 strains exhibit reduced adhesion to ECM 23.
Afu3g08990 repeat region can be used for strain typing Balajee et al. 2007, submitted.
Summary Afu3g08990 Transcribed during germination and vegetative growth Upregulated by cell-wall stress ΔAfu3g08990 conidia germinate faster than WT ΔAfu3g08990 conidia show reduced adherence to ECM ΔAfu3g08990 mutant NOT more susceptible to CAS, CR, CFW No change in virulence (mouse tail vein model) 24.
What does Afu3g08990 do? 1. Receptor? 2. Cross-linker cement ? 25. PM 3. Reservoir model
Yana Shadkchan Emma LevdanskyHaim SharonKobi Romano 26. Kevin Verstrepen, Harvard Gerry Fink, Whitehead Inst. Collaborators: