The peptidoglycan (PG) layer stabilizes the bacterial cell envelope to maintain the integrity and shape of the cell. Penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) synthesize essential 4-3 cross-links in PG and are inhibited by β-lactam antibiotics. Some clinical isolates and laboratory strains of Enterococcus faecium and Escherichia coli achieve high-level β-lactam resistance by utilizing β-lactam-insensitive LD-transpeptidases (LDTs) to produce exclusively 3-3 cross-links in PG, bypassing the PBPs. In E. coli, other LDTs covalently attach the lipoprotein Lpp to PG to stabilize the envelope and maintain the permeability barrier function of the outermembrane. Here we show that subminimal inhibitory concentration of copper chloride sensitizes E. coli cells to sodium dodecyl sulfate and impair survival upon LPS transport stress, indicating reduced cell envelope robustness. Cells grown in the presence of copper chloride lacked 3-3 cross-links in PG and displayed reduced covalent attachment of Braun's lipoprotein and reduced incorporation of a fluorescent d-amino acid, suggesting inhibition of LDTs. Copper dramatically decreased the minimal inhibitory concentration of ampicillin in E. coli and E. faecium strains with a resistance mechanism relying on LDTs and inhibited purified LDTs at submillimolar concentrations. Hence, our work reveals how copper affects bacterial cell envelope stability and counteracts LDT-mediated β-lactam resistance.

Copper inhibits peptidoglycan LD-transpeptidases suppressing β-lactam resistance due to bypass of penicillin-binding proteins / K. Peters, M. Pazos, Z. Edoo, J. Hugonnet, A.M. Martorana, A. Polissi, M.S. VanNieuwenhze, M. Arthur, W. Vollmer. - In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. - ISSN 0027-8424. - 115:42(2018), pp. 10786-10791. [10.1073/pnas.1809285115]

Copper inhibits peptidoglycan LD-transpeptidases suppressing β-lactam resistance due to bypass of penicillin-binding proteins

A.M. Martorana;A. Polissi;
2018

Abstract

The peptidoglycan (PG) layer stabilizes the bacterial cell envelope to maintain the integrity and shape of the cell. Penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) synthesize essential 4-3 cross-links in PG and are inhibited by β-lactam antibiotics. Some clinical isolates and laboratory strains of Enterococcus faecium and Escherichia coli achieve high-level β-lactam resistance by utilizing β-lactam-insensitive LD-transpeptidases (LDTs) to produce exclusively 3-3 cross-links in PG, bypassing the PBPs. In E. coli, other LDTs covalently attach the lipoprotein Lpp to PG to stabilize the envelope and maintain the permeability barrier function of the outermembrane. Here we show that subminimal inhibitory concentration of copper chloride sensitizes E. coli cells to sodium dodecyl sulfate and impair survival upon LPS transport stress, indicating reduced cell envelope robustness. Cells grown in the presence of copper chloride lacked 3-3 cross-links in PG and displayed reduced covalent attachment of Braun's lipoprotein and reduced incorporation of a fluorescent d-amino acid, suggesting inhibition of LDTs. Copper dramatically decreased the minimal inhibitory concentration of ampicillin in E. coli and E. faecium strains with a resistance mechanism relying on LDTs and inhibited purified LDTs at submillimolar concentrations. Hence, our work reveals how copper affects bacterial cell envelope stability and counteracts LDT-mediated β-lactam resistance.
Enterococcus faecium; Escherichia coli; LD-transpeptidase; copper; peptidoglycan; Aminoacyltransferases; Anti-Bacterial Agents; Cell Wall; Copper; Enterococcus faecium; Escherichia coli; Microbial Sensitivity Tests; Penicillin-Binding Proteins; Peptidoglycan; Substrate Specificity; Trace Elements; beta-Lactam Resistance; beta-Lactams
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