The unique architecture and function of cellulose-interacting proteins in oomycetes revealed by genomic and structural analyses
- Mathieu Larroque†1, 2,
- Roland Barriot†3, 4,
- Arnaud Bottin1, 2,
- Annick Barre1, 2, 5,
- Pierre Rougé1, 2, 5,
- Bernard Dumas1, 2 and
- Elodie Gaulin1, 2Email author
© Larroque et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
Received: 7 June 2012
Accepted: 25 October 2012
Published: 9 November 2012
Oomycetes are fungal-like microorganisms evolutionary distinct from true fungi, belonging to the Stramenopile lineage and comprising major plant pathogens. Both oomycetes and fungi express proteins able to interact with cellulose, a major component of plant and oomycete cell walls, through the presence of carbohydrate-binding module belonging to the family 1 (CBM1). Fungal CBM1-containing proteins were implicated in cellulose degradation whereas in oomycetes, the Cellulose Binding Elicitor Lectin (CBEL), a well-characterized CBM1-protein from Phytophthora parasitica, was implicated in cell wall integrity, adhesion to cellulosic substrates and induction of plant immunity.
To extend our knowledge on CBM1-containing proteins in oomycetes, we have conducted a comprehensive analysis on 60 fungi and 7 oomycetes genomes leading to the identification of 518 CBM1-containing proteins. In plant-interacting microorganisms, the larger number of CBM1-protein coding genes is expressed by necrotroph and hemibiotrophic pathogens, whereas a strong reduction of these genes is observed in symbionts and biotrophs. In fungi, more than 70% of CBM1-containing proteins correspond to enzymatic proteins in which CBM1 is associated with a catalytic unit involved in cellulose degradation. In oomycetes more than 90% of proteins are similar to CBEL in which CBM1 is associated with a non-catalytic PAN/Apple domain, known to interact with specific carbohydrates or proteins. Distinct Stramenopile genomes like diatoms and brown algae are devoid of CBM1 coding genes. A CBM1-PAN/Apple association 3D structural modeling was built allowing the identification of amino acid residues interacting with cellulose and suggesting the putative interaction of the PAN/Apple domain with another type of glucan. By Surface Plasmon Resonance experiments, we showed that CBEL binds to glycoproteins through galactose or N-acetyl-galactosamine motifs.
This study provides insight into the evolution and biological roles of CBM1-containing proteins from oomycetes. We show that while CBM1s from fungi and oomycetes are similar, they team up with different protein domains, either in proteins implicated in the degradation of plant cell wall components in the case of fungi or in proteins involved in adhesion to polysaccharidic substrates in the case of oomycetes. This work highlighted the unique role and evolution of CBM1 proteins in oomycete among the Stramenopile lineage.
KeywordsCellulose Oomycete Lectin Immunity Plant Adhesion Fungi
Carbohydrate-binding modules (CBM) are protein domains that recognize and bind to oligo- and polysaccharide ligands. Within the Carbohydrate-Active Enzyme Database (CAZy; CAZyme database,http://www.cazy.org,), CBMs are divided into 64 families, based on amino acid sequence similarity, and members of each family display common ligand specificity. Regarding reported specificities, characterized CBMs have been found to bind to crystalline or non-crystalline cellulose, chitin, β-1,3-glucans, β-1,3-1,4-mixed linkage glucans, xylan, mannan, galactan or starch, while others behave like lectins, binding to a variety of cell-surface glycans.
As protein domains, one or more CBMs are generally associated with other protein domains, typically glycosyl hydrolase (GH) modules, and can be localized at either the N or C-termini of proteins, although proteins formed exclusively of single CBMs have been described[3, 4]. Many CBMs have been biochemically characterized and structural data are now available providing insight into structure/function relations (for review see). Since it is known that many CBMs are able to bind to polysaccharides, it is thought that when these are attached to catalytic domains their presence ensures intimate contact with the substrate and thus potentiated catalysis[5–7]. Moreover, it has been postulated that some CBMs might possess the ability to locally destruct polysaccharide structure (e.g. lower crystallinity in cellulose), thus improving enzyme accessibility.
Family 1 CBMs are small modules composed of 32 to 36 amino acids and are known as a “fungal CBM family”, because they were first detected in fungal cellulases and are exclusively produced by eukaryotes. The first characterized CBM1 was the cellobiohydrolase I from Trichoderma reesei. Since then, numerous CBM1 proteins from various fungi have been reported[10–12]. The role of CBM1 in cellulases has been studied by separating the catalytic domain from its CBM, thus facilitating the study of the activity of the isolated catalytic domain on one hand and, on the other hand, the binding ability of the CBM. Data acquired in this way has indicated that CBM1 binds strongly to crystalline cellulose and that its presence is required for full activity of the enzyme against the insoluble polysaccharide[6, 13, 14]. A structural study of CBM1 from T. reesei cellobiohydrolase I have shown that overall architecture forms a wedge shape that is formed by irregular antiparallel triple-stranded β-sheet, which is stabilized by 2 disulfide bridges. A flat face of the wedge bears three aligned aromatic residues (Y5, Y31 and Y32) that, along with polar residues (Q7 and N29), appear to form the cellulose binding interface[16, 17]. This is corroborated by the fact that the removal of any of these residues reduces the ability of the enzyme to degrade crystalline cellulose. Nevertheless, the role of CBM1 at the molecular level is not fully characterized.
Interestingly, CBM1-containing proteins have also been identified in fungal-like organisms called oomycetes. Like fungi, oomycetes are ubiquitous in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. They have similar modes of nutrition and ecological roles to true fungi and form tip-growing branching hyphae. Oomycetes were initially classified within the kingdom of Fungi, but molecular phylogenetic studies have now firmly established the distinct taxonomic positions of true fungi and oomycetes. Oomycetes belong to the Kingdom Stramenipila, which includes diatoms, chromophyte algae, and other heterokont protists[20–22]. Numerous oomycete species are plant pathogens, such as the causal agent of potato blight Phytophthora infestans or the sudden oak death pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. Features characterizing oomycetes are usually based on biochemical studies focused on Phytophthora sp. and particularly, the presence of cellulose rather than chitin in their cell wall. However the presence of either chitin or chitosaccharides was observed in the Saprolegniale oomycetes Saprolegnia monoica and Aphanomyces euteiches, where these compounds play an essential structural role[23, 24].
The first oomycetal CBM1- protein described is the cellulose-binding elicitor lectin (CBEL) from Phytophthora parasitica, the causal agent of tobacco black shank disease. This non-enzymatic cell wall glycoprotein harbors two CBM1s associated to two PAN/Apple modules known to interact with polysaccharides or proteins[26, 27]. Knockdown P. parasitica-CBEL transformants are affected in cell wall polysaccharide deposition and adhesion to cellulosic substrates, including plant cell walls. In addition to structural and adhesive roles, CBEL also induces plant defense responses, such as the production of reactive oxygen species, cytosolic calcium variation, expression of PR-proteins, and necrosis in several plant species[28, 29]. The mutation of a recombinant CBEL has revealed that functional CBM1 is required for the full elicitor activity of CBEL. Moreover, it has been suggested that interaction of CBM1 module with the plant cellulose microfibrils is perceived by plant cells as a warning signal[30, 31]. Similar results have been obtained with a fungal CBM1 from T. reesei suggesting that plants are able to perceive oomycetal as well as well fungal CBM1s.
The discovery of CBM1-containing proteins in oomycetes has raised the question of their origin in a lineage distantly related to fungi. It has been recently suggested that some genes encoding proteins involved in the breakdown of plant cell wall components have been acquired by oomycetes from fungi through horizontal gene transfer. However, CBM1-containing proteins were not detected in this analysis.
To better understand the origin, evolution and biological role of CBM1-containing proteins in oomycetes, we have performed data mining of fungal and oomycetal genomes and compared the protein organizations of different CBM1-containing proteins. In this way, we have revealed that oomycete-unique association of CBM1 with PAN/Apple domains.
Moreover, using CBEL from P. parasitica, which was shown to be a bona fide cellulose-binding protein, we propose a model structure of an oomycetal CBM1 and a role for the PAN/Apple domain in binding of the protein to additional carbohydrates. Accordingly, we present experimental evidence for a galactose or N-acetylgalactosamine-specific lectin activity associated with CBEL. Taken together, the results suggest that oomycetal CBM1-containing proteins have an ancient origin in the oomycete lineage and are involved in specific roles including adhesion to self and non-self components rather than in substrate degradation.
Establishment of a comprehensive repertoire of CBM1-containing proteins in fungi and oomycetes
Rather like true fungi, necrotrophic and hemibiotrophic oomycetes contain more genes encoding CBM1-containing proteins (up to 12) than biotroph species (A. laibachi, H. arabidopsidis). To complete this study, the genomes of Arabidopsis thaliana and Oryza sativa, and those of the closet phylogenic cousins of oomycetes, the diatoms Thalassiosira pseudonana, Phaeodactylum tricomutum and the brown algae Ectocarpus siliculosus, which also belong to the heterokont lineage, were screened for CBM1-encoding sequences. However, no CBM1-encoding sequences were detected in these organisms.
Fungal and oomycetal CBM1-containing proteins display distinct domain associations
In fungi, 89% of the ‘domain pair’ category are proteins that contain a CBM1 appended to a catalytic domain belonging to the GH superfamily and 11% correspond to a CBM1 appended to non-catalytic modules (chitin-binding module, carbohydrate-binding module family 4, fucose lectin, unknown (DUF) or wide functions (BNR/Asp-box repeats, see Additional file2: Table S2 for IPR number of corresponding domain). In sharp contrast, in oomycetes 90% of the proteins in the ‘domain pair’ category are characterized by a CBM1 associated with a non-catalytic domain, corresponding to the PAN/Apple module, which are known to display protein-carbohydrate or protein-protein functions. Using SignalP 3.0, it was found that 91 % of the proteins are predicted to contain a signal peptide, indicating that they are probably secreted. Overall, the large-scale systematic analysis of domain architecture reported here clearly revealed the distinct architecture of fungal and oomycetal CBM1-containing proteins.
Occurrence of CBM1 in glycosyl-hydrolases in fully sequenced oomycete genomes and selected fungal plant pathogens
Number of glycosyl-hydrolases predicted genes
Sequence and structural analysis of oomycetal CBM1-containing proteins
Six amino acid residues (NYYQCL for CBM1-1/PAN1, SFYQCI for CBM1-2/PAN2) that form the transition between the CBM1s and PAN domains in CBEL correspond to a strand of β−sheet (YQCL and YQCI in CBEL_CBM1-1 and CBEL_CBM1-2 respectively). The first strand of β−sheet (LDLPA in CBEL-PAN1 and IQPPA in CBEL-PAN2) of the CBEL-PAN/Apple domains also contains the ultimate leucine or isoleucine residue of the β−strand of the CBEL-CBM1s. This suggests that a continuous strand of β−sheet (YQCLDLPA and YQCIQPPA) interconnects the CBM1 and PAN domains in the CBEL molecule. Using this information, a tentative three-dimensional model was built for the CBM1-1/PAN1 N-terminal part of CBEL (Figure7B). Although speculative, this model readily fulfills geometric constraints (>70% of residues occur in the allowed areas of the Ramachandran plot and >90% in the generously allowed area) and reasonably accounts for both the associated cellulose-binding and carbohydrate-binding properties previously reported for CBEL[18, 41]. A very similar model was obtained for the CBM1-2/PAN2 C-terminal part of CBEL (result not shown).
Surface Plasmon resonance analysis of CBEL lectin activity
In this work, a comprehensive set of fungal and oomycetal CBM1-containing proteins was described on the basis of CBM1 detection, and the domain organization of proteins was predicted. CBM1-containing protein genes were found in the vast majority of the analyzed genomes, and their number was clearly related to the lifestyle of the microorganisms. Fungal and oomycetal saprotrophs, necrotrophs and hemibiotrophs express the largest number of CBM1-encoding genes whereas very few, if any, are found in biotrophs. This result is correlated with a dramatic reduction of proteins interacting with plant cell wall components in fungal or oomycete biotrophs[45, 46]. This situation could be explained by the induction of plant defense by plant cell wall-interacting proteins, which could be detrimental to the biotrophic lifestyle. In the case of oomycetes, this interpretation could be extended to non-enzymatic proteins such as CBEL, which has been shown to be a potent elicitor of plant defenses[18, 29, 30]. While necrotroph and hemibiotroph oomycetes encode 5 to 12 cellulose-interacting proteins, only one was found in the biotroph Albugo laibachii and no unambiguous CBM1-encoding genes were detected in the Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis genome.
We further observed that oomycetes express a unique combination of domains corresponding to an association of a CBM1 with a PAN/Apple module. This combination does not appear in other eukaryote including diatoms and brown algae. So far, no enzymatic activity has been associated with CBM1-PAN/Apple proteins, with the best characterized protein of this type being the P. parasitica CBEL. It has been shown that CBEL plays a major role in Phytophthora cell wall integrity, probably through interactions with the cellulose component of the oomycetal cell wall. Thus, oomycete CBM1-containing proteins play multiple roles that target both the plant and the oomycete cell walls. However, this situation might be unique in the Stramenopile lineage, since no CBM1-containing proteins were detected in other stramenopiles with a cellulosic wall, such as Ectocarpus silicolosus. Strikingly, while oomycetes potentially express a large set of glycosyl-hydrolases, only 2 genes were found to be associated with a CBM1, whereas in fungi CBM1 is almost exclusively associated with an enzymatic domain. This result probably bears witness to the distinct evolutionary history of CBM1 and plant cell wall degrading enzymes in fungi and oomycetes. This could be related to the specific functions of CBM1-containing proteins, which in oomycetes are involved in cell wall organization, whereas in fungi, CBM1-containing proteins only target plant components, since fungal cell walls do not contain cellulose.
While CBM1s from oomycetes share similarity with fungal CBM1s, they also display specific features, as revealed by sequence alignment and structural modeling of CBM1s from CBEL. This protein has been shown to bind crystalline cellulose and mutation of its CBM1s has revealed their role in cellulose binding. The two CBM1s of CBEL, which both exhibit two well-exposed, spatially-aligned aromatic residues (F5 and Y31 of CBM1-1, Y5 and F30 of CBM1-2), readily account for the cellulose-binding properties displayed by both native and recombinant proteins. These aromatic residues are homologous to the aromatic residues (Y5, Y31, Y32) that are cellulose-binding determinants in the C-terminal CBM1 of the T. reesei cellobiohydrolase I[16, 17], and are thus suspected to fulfill a similar function. Indeed, mutational analysis of these residues revealed their important role in the binding of CBEL to cellulose and cell wall components. An additional Q34 residue (conserved as Q31 and Q32 in the CBM1-1 and CBM1-2 of CBEL, respectively) also participates in the binding of the TrCBM1 to cellopentaose and cellohexaose. This residue is conserved in CBEL_CBM1-1 (Q34) and CBEL_CBM1-2 (Q33), suggesting that it could also participate in conferring cellulose-binding ability to CBEL. Moreover, residue N30 of CBEL_CBM1-1 and S29 of CBEL_CBM1-2 are well exposed and spacially-aligned with the aromatic binding determinants, and thus could also participate in cellulose binding. This is also the case for W27 of CBEL_CBM1-1 and W26 of CBEL_CBM1-2, which is also located in the vicinity of the aromatic residues.
The occurrence of two PAN/Apple domains in CBEL offers an interesting example of the widespread distribution of a structural motif among proteins of very distinct origins[26, 27, 48, 49]. Although the exact function of the PAN/Apple motif still remains questionable, its involvement in protein-protein and protein-carbohydrate interactions has been postulated from studies performed on plasminogen, prekallikrein and on the human hepatocyte growth factor. Interestingly, a PAN/Apple surface protein from the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii has recently been shown to bind chondroitin sulfate, a sulfated glycosaminoglycan found attached to proteins as part of surface proteoglycans in animal cells. One main constituent of the chondroitin polymer is N-acetylgalactosamine. Accordingly SPR analysis suggests that CBEL is a N-acetylgalactosamine or galactose- binding lectin, two sugars that are frequently found as components of glycoprotein glycans. Therefore, it can be hypothesized that this lectin activity is mediated by the PAN/Apple domain.
The tentative three-dimensional model proposed for the molecular organization of the CBM1-PAN/Apple association suggests that there is no steric hindrance between the two domains, thus allowing CBEL to simultaneously display cellulose-binding and lectin activities. It has been shown that CBEL is localized both in the inner and outer cell wall layers of P. parasitica, a dual localization which is coherent with its molecular organization and its multiple functions. Interaction of CBEL with a complex glycan, eventually bound to a cell wall polypeptide, could help its proper targeting and molecular docking to endogenous or exogenous cellulose microfibrils, and hence play roles both in cell wall scaffolding and in adhesion to exogenous cellulose. A lectin-based study has shown the presence of galactose and N-acetylgalactosamine residues at the cell surface of the oomycete P. parasitica. Likewise, a proteomic analysis has shown that mucins, which are known to be highly glycosylated galactose- and N-acetylgalactosamine-containing proteins, form part of the P. infestans cell wall proteome. This strongly suggests the presence of endogenous ligands for the anchoring of CBEL to the oomycete cell wall through its lectin activity. The fact that CBEL is formed from two repeated CBM1-PAN/Apple associations further reinforces the potential of CBEL as a versatile adhesin. In this context, the binding of CBEL to plant HRGPs could be of biological importance and should be further investigated.
The unique symmetric organization of CBEL provokes the question of the molecular evolution of this type of molecule. CBEL probably results from the duplication and fusion events of an ancestral gene, which itself results from the previous fusion of two genes encoding CBM1 and PAN/Apple domains respectively. So far, this particular combination of domains has only been found in oomycetes belonging to the Peronosporale lineage, since in distantly related oomycetes, such as A. euteiches or S. parasitica, CBM1s are associated with another type of interacting domain. Further analysis of oomycete genomes will probably help to clarify the origin of CBM1-containing proteins. The recent identification of CBM1-encoding genes in the basal oomycete Eurychasma dicksonii (Gachon and Kim, personal communication), suggests an ancient origin of these proteins, probably related to their specific role in the oomycete cell wall and during interaction with their host.
Using a genome mining approach to analyse fungal and oomycetal genomes, this study aimed at elucidating the origin and function of CBM1-containing proteins from oomycetes. Accordingly, we revealed a unique combination of domains in these organisms in which CBM1s are linked to PAN/Apple domains. This finding in combination with 3D structural modelling and Surface Plasmon Resonance analysis indicate that while CBM1s from fungi and oomycetes are similar, they are actually associated with different protein domains that confer quite different functions: while fungal CBM1s are combined to plant cell wall degradation enzymatic domains, those of oomycetes are associated with domains involved in adhesion to endogenous or exogenous ligands.
Protein sequences were collected from the CAZy database, and then curated for oomycetes sequences. Oomycetes proteomes (Phytophthora infestans, P. sojae, P. ramorum, P. capsici, Albugo laibachii, Hyaloperonospora parasitica) were downloaded from the Broad Institute or the JGI, and submitted to an InterPro analysis to detect CBM1-containing proteins. The recently sequenced fungal genomes, not yet referenced in the CAZYdatabase, were added after screening their proteome with the InterPro software to identify CBM1-containing proteins (e.g. Chaetomium globosum). Only sequences with E-values below 10-6 for PFAM or SMART domains corresponding to IPR000254 – Cellulose binding domain, fungal – were kept to minimize false positives. For a list of completely sequenced organisms that were used in this analysis see Additional file1: Table S1.
Domains architecture determination
All CBM1-containing proteins were submitted to a local InterProScan to identify other domains in the peptide sequences from the SMART and PFAM databases. Domains identified by both the SMART and PFAM databases were merged after checking their compatibility (location and InterPro identifiers equivalence) by adjusting domain boundaries to the largest domain. Overall, no domain inconsistencies were found between the two databases.
Generation of protein architecture heatmaps
Previously determined protein domain architectures were summarized as follows to obtain more general architecture classes. When multiple CBM1 domains were found in the protein, the architecture is denoted CBM1s. Domains appearance on the sequence was reordered alphabetically except for glycosyl-hydrolase domains i.e., both CBM1-LYA architecture (2 proteins) and LYA-CBM1 architecture (2 proteins) were set to CBM1-LYA whereas CBM1-GH5 architecture and GH5-CBM1 architecture were kept distinct. Multiple occurrences of BNR – bacterial neuramidase repeat – were simplified to only one occurrence i.e., BNR-BNR-BNR-BNR-BNR-CBM1 was mapped to the BNR-CBM1 class. This was motivated by the fact that the number of BNR found in proteins varies from 5 to 8 occurrences and this domain is found in only 5 CBM1-containing proteins. After this generalization, there are 35 distinct classes of protein domain organization. These classes were used to build a contingency table of species and architecture classes. The rows correspond to species profiles: this provides for each species the number of proteins found exhibiting each domain organization. The columns correspond to protein architectures providing the number of proteins found in each species exhibiting such a domain organization. The species and architecture profiles were grouped by hierarchical clustering (average linkage using Euclidean distance) and the resulting classifications were used to draw a heat map in which cell intensities reflect the number of proteins found having a given architecture (column) in a given species (row).
Molecular modeling of CBM1 and PAN domains from CBEL
The HCA (Hydrophobic Cluster Analysis) was performed to delineate the conserved secondary structural features (strand of β-sheet and stretches of a-helix) along the amino acid sequence of CBEL by comparison with the CBM1 of the cellobiohydrolase I from Trichoderma reesei and the PAN domain of the human hepatocyte growth factor (HGF,) used as models. Multiple amino acid sequence alignments were carried out with CLUSTAL-W. HCA plots were generated using the program drawhca of L. Canard (http://mobyle.rpbs.univ-paris-diderot.fr/cgi-bin/portal.py?form=HCA). Molecular modeling of the CBM1s and PANs of CBEL was carried out on a Silicon Graphics O2 R10000 workstation using the program InsightII, Homolgy and Discover3 (Accelerys, San Diego CA, USA). The atomic coordinates of the CBM1 of the cellobiohydrolase I of T. reesei (RCSB Protein Data Bank code 1CBH) and the PAN domain of the human HGF (RCSB Protein Data Bank code 2HGF), were used to build the three-dimensional models of the homologous CBEL domains. Steric conflicts were corrected during the model building procedure using the rotamer library and the search algorithm implemented in the Homology program to maintain proper side-chain orientation. An energy minimization of the final models was carried out by 100 cycles of steepest descent using the cvff (consistent valence force field) forcefield of Discover and keeping the cysteine residues involved in disulphide bridges. The program Turbo-Frodo was run to draw the Ramachandran plot and to perform the superposition of the models. PROCHECK was used to assess the geometric quality of the three-dimensional models. Molecular cartoons were drawn with PyMOL (W.L. DeLano,http://pymol.sourceforge.net).
Surface Plasmon resonance analysis
SPR analysis was conducted on a Biacore X device (GE Healthcare, Saclay, France) set at a flow rate of 5μL/min using the CBEL glycoprotein purified from P. parasitica mycelium. CBEL fixation on the sensor chip was achieved by hexadecyl-3-methylammonium bromide (CTAB) micelle-mediated immobilization under the following conditions: the sensor chip surface was first equilibrated in a 10 mM N-2-hydroxyethylpiperazine-N’-2-ethanesulfonic acid (HEPES) pH 7.4 buffer containing 1 mM CTAB. The sensor chip surface was then washed with 5 μl of 10 mM NaOH, and the carboxymethylated dextran sensor surface was activated by 35 μl of a mixture (1v/1v) of 100 mM N-hydroxy-succinimide and 400 mM N-ethyl-N’-(3-diethylaminopropyl) carbodimide. This activation was followed by injection of 80 μl of a solution of CBEL (12.5 μM) dissolved in 10 mM Hepes pH 7.4, 1 mM CTAB. Remaining ester groups were blocked by 35 μl of 100 mM ethanolamine chlorhydrate pH 8.5, before injection of 1 μl of 10 mM NaOH. Solutions of various pure standard glycoproteins dissolved in 10 mM HEPES pH 7.4, 150 mM NaCl, 3 mM EDTA, 0.005% vol/vol surfactant P20 (HBS-Ep buffer, Biacore) were then injected into the flow cell and passed over the CBEL surface during 1 min, and their interaction was followed in real time at different analyte concentrations. The tested glycoproteins were fetuin and asialofetuine (Sigma-Aldrich), human lactotransferrin (a kind gift of Dr H Debray, Université des Sciences et Technologies, Lille, France), and melon Hydroxyprolin-Rich GlycoProtein (HRGP;).
Fetuin is a heavily N- and O-glycosylated protein where the most abundant N-linked glycans are triantennary species, and where both N- and O-linked glycans are sialylated on galactose terminal residues. Human lactotransferrin glycans are of the sialyl N-acetyllactosaminic type and are fucosylated on N-acetylglucosamine residues. HRGP is a O-glycosylated cell wall protein containing arabinose and oligoarabinoside side chains linked to hydroxyproline residues, and galactose units linked to serine residues[43, 66]. Specificity of the CBEL-glycoprotein interactions was checked by measuring the level of protein complex dissociation in presence or absence of various monosaccharides. Complex dissociation was calculated at a fixed time point after injection during 5 minutes, at the beginning of the dissociation phase, of either HBS-Ep buffer or glucose, galactose or N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) solutions. Data were analysed using the BIAviewer 3.1 software (Biacore AB, Uppsala, Sweden).
Cellulose-binding elicitor lectin
Carbohydrate-binding module, family 1.
The authors would like to thank the French Ministry of Education and Research for the PhD fellowship to Mathieu Larroque, Dr. Delphine Passerini (INSA, Toulouse, France) for help in Biacore analyses, Dr Henri Debray (Université des Sciences et Technologies, Lille, France) for the gift of human lactotransferrin, Dr. Francis Martin (UMR 1136 INRA-Nancy, France) for providing access to MycorDB (http://mycor.nancy.inra.fr), Dr Claire Gachon (Scottish Marine Institute, UK) and Dr Gwang Hoon Kim (Kongju National University, Korea) for mining Eurychasma dicksonii sequences, Dr Michael O’Donohue (LISPB UM5504/792-Toulouse, France) for useful comments on the manuscript. This research has been done in the LRSV, part of the “Laboratoire d’Excellence” (LABEX) entitled TULIP (ANR-10- LABX-41) and was supported by the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.
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