NleB/SseKs ortholog effectors as a general bacterial monoglycosyltransferase for eukaryotic proteins

Eunhee Koh, Hyun Soo Cho

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Protein glycosylation is the most common post-translational modification as more than 50% of all human proteins are glycosylated. Pathogenic bacteria glycosylation allows adhesion to host cells and manipulates eukaryotic functions. A variety of acceptor proteins in bacterial glycosylation was recently discovered. Especially NleB/SseKs type III effectors unexpectedly glycosylate a poor nucleophile arginine. Other pathogenic toxins modify the unusual tyrosine, as well as canonical serine/threonine residues. And a huge diversity is found in target proteins; Rho/Ras families, death domains and moreover themselves for autoglycosylation. However, in spite of this acceptor diversity, all their sugar donors are only UDP-Glc/-GlcNAc and structural alignments as liganded show their catalytic cores are geometrically conserved, where DRY and DXD motives and W residues equally position to hold the sugar donors and to π-π bind with a uridine ring, respectively. Therefore, bacterial glycosyltransferases have a key for carbohydrate research problems concerning the sugar donors and target proteins recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-223
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Structural Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning ( NRF-2016R1A5A1010764 , NRF-2017M3A9F6029755 and NRF-2019M3E5D6063903 ) and by the Strategic Initiative for Microbiomes in Agriculture and Food funded by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs ( 918012-4 ).

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  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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