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Factor H binding proteins protect division septa on encapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae against complement C3b deposition and amplification
Karolinska Inst, Dept Microbiol Tumor & Cell Biol, SE-17177 Stockholm, Sweden..
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
Karolinska Inst, Dept Microbiol Tumor & Cell Biol, SE-17177 Stockholm, Sweden..
Karolinska Inst, Dept Microbiol Tumor & Cell Biol, SE-17177 Stockholm, Sweden..
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2018 (English)In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, E-ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 9, article id 3398Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Streptococcus pneumoniae evades C3-mediated opsonization and effector functions by expressing an immuno-protective polysaccharide capsule and Factor H (FH)-binding proteins. Here we use super-resolution microscopy, mutants and functional analysis to show how these two defense mechanisms are functionally and spatially coordinated on the bacterial cell surface. We show that the pneumococcal capsule is less abundant at the cell wall septum, providing C3/C3b entry to underlying nucleophilic targets. Evasion of C3b deposition at division septa and lateral amplification underneath the capsule requires localization of the FH-binding protein PspC at division sites. Most pneumococcal strains have one PspC protein, but successful lineages in colonization and disease may have two, PspC1 and PspC2, that we show affect virulence differently. We find that spatial localization of these FH-recruiting proteins relative to division septa and capsular layer is instrumental for pneumococci to resist complement-mediated opsonophagocytosis, formation of membrane-attack complexes, and for the function as adhesins.

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Nature Publishing Group, 2018. Vol. 9, article id 3398
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-234597DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05494-wISI: 000442522100001PubMedID: 30139996Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052221727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-234597DiVA, id: diva2:1248296
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1. Super resolution fluorescence imaging: analyses, simulations and applications
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2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Fluorescence methods offer extraordinary sensitivity and specificity, and are extensively used in the life sciences. In recent years, super resolution fluorescence imaging techniques have developed strongly, uniquely combining ~10 nm sub diffraction resolution and specific labeling with high efficiency. This thesis explores this potential, with a major focus on Stimulated Emission Depletion, STED, microscopy, applications thereof, image analyses and simulation studies. An additional theme in this thesis is development and use of single molecule fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, FCS, and related techniques, as tools to study dynamic processes at the molecular level. In paper I the proteins cytochrome-bo3 and ATP-synthase are studied with fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy, FCCS. These two proteins are a part of the energy conversion process in E. coli, converting ADP into ATP. We found that an increased interaction between these proteins, detected by FCCS, correlates with an increase in the ATP production. In paper II an FCS-based imaging method is developed, capable to determine absolute sizes of objects, smaller than the resolution limit of the microscope used. Combined with STED, this may open for studies of membrane nano-domains, such as those investigated by simulations in paper VII. In paper III and paper IV super resolution STED imaging was applied on Streptococcus Pneumoniae, revealing information about function and distribution of proteins involved in the defense mechanism of the bacteria, as well as their role in bacterial meningitis. In paper V, we used STED imaging to investigate protein distributions in platelets. We then found that the adhesion protein P-selectin changes its distribution pattern in platelets incubated with tumor cells, and with machine learning algorithms and classical image analysis of the STED images it is possible to automatically distinguish such platelets from platelets activated by other means. This could provide a strategy for minimally invasive diagnostics of early cancer development, and deeper understanding of the role of platelets in cancer development. Finally, this thesis presents Monte-Carlo simulations of biological processes and their monitoring by FCS. In paper VI, a combination of FCCS and simulations was applied to resolve the interactions between a transcription factor (p53) and an oncoprotein (MDM2) inside live cells. In paper VII, the feasibility of FCS techniques for studying nano-domains in membranes is investigated purely by simulations, identifying the conditions under which such nano-domains would be possible to detect by FCS. In paper VIII, proton exchange dynamics at biological membranes were simulated in a model, verifying experimental FCS data and identifying fundamental mechanisms by which membranes mediate proton exchange on a local (~10nm) scale.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2019. p. 81
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TRITA-SCI-FOU ; 2019:20
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Physics
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-248297 (URN)978-91-7873-171-8 (ISBN)
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2019-04-26, FA32, KTH, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 18:22 (English)
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