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Gene amplifications trigger high-level resistance towards albicidin in gram-negative micro organism

Gene amplifications trigger high-level resistance towards albicidin in gram-negative micro organism



Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in pathogenic, commensal and food-borne micro organism stays a serious well being hazard for people. In accordance with a current research, in 2019, nearly 5 million human deaths had been estimated to be related to bacterial AMR, with a prognosis of a rise of as much as 10 million deaths by 2050. It’s extensively accepted that inappropriate use of antimicrobials as therapeutics and feed components in human and veterinary medication coupled with a scarcity in understanding of bacterial resistance mechanisms account for the worldwide improve of resistant and multiresistant micro organism [1,2]. To develop efficient long-term options to fight AMR and enhance public well being, understanding resistance mechanisms and their evolution is essential.

Bacterial adaptation to emphasize situations happens through various kinds of responses. Along with secure genetic, bona fide resistance mechanisms, transient and unstable responses conferred, e.g., by differential gene regulation and protein stability, and modifications in gene copy numbers, so-called gene duplication–amplification (GDA) occasions, are incessantly noticed [35]. The latter happen quickly (e.g., <10 generations), whereas establishing genetic modifications takes 1000’s of generations. GDAs have been noticed as a consequence of selective stress from antibiotic publicity, typically leading to elevated mobile concentrations of a modifying or degrading enzyme, or of efflux pumps. Along with their function in adapting micro organism rapidly to dangerous situations, GDAs have additionally been implicated within the evolution of bona fide resistance mechanisms on a populational [5] and on a subpopulational degree (so-called heteroresistance) [6]. Nevertheless, as information concerning the prevalence of GDAs in antibiotic therapy continues to be scarce and their verification in routine diagnostics is troublesome, it should be assumed that GDAs have a nonnegligible influence on the success of antibiotic therapy of infectious ailments.

The promising antibacterial peptide albicidin was first remoted as a phytotoxic compound from the plant-pathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas albilineans [7,8]. Since then, albicidin [911] in addition to the associated compounds cystobactamids [12,13] and coralmycins [14,15] are present process growth towards scientific use. Albicidin is lively at nanomolar concentrations towards a variety of various gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial species, together with Klebsiella aerogenes, Salmonella Typhimurium, Escherichia coli, in addition to the ESKAPE pathogens Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumonia, Acinetobacter baumanii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter spp. The antibiotic peptide inhibits the supercoiling exercise of bacterial DNA gyrase (topoisomerase II) and successfully traps the covalent complicated fashioned between DNA and gyrase at concentrations under these of most coumarin antibiotics and quinolones [16,17]. A number of albicidin resistance mechanisms have been described, e.g., the ABC transporter AlbF that confers autoresistance in Xanthomonas through the lively efflux of albicidin [18]. Additional methods comprise albicidin degradation by the endopeptidase AlbD produced by Pantoea dispersa by particularly cleaving a benzamide bond [19] or albicidin binding by the MerR-like transcriptional regulator AlbA synthesized by Klebsiella oxytoca [20]. In E. coli, adaption to albicidin is incessantly linked to mutations within the nucleoside-specific transporter Tsx, ensuing within the lack of lively transport of albicidin throughout the outer membrane [21,22].

Right here, we report that publicity of S. Typhimurium and E. coli to rising concentrations of the gyrase poison albicidin leads to chromosomal duplication–amplification. The affected area harbors the GyrI-like area containing transcription regulator STM3175 (YgiV in E. coli), which we establish as a crucial issue for conferring high-level resistance towards albicidin. We additional illustrate that this resistance mechanism is ubiquitous in gram-negative bacterial species with STM3175 homologs conferring resistance in Vibrio and Pseudomonas.


Publicity to rising albicidin focus results in Tsx transporter mutations and leads to gene duplications

To analyze the evolution of albicidin resistance in S. Typhimurium, we uncovered the wild-type (WT) pressure to albicidin concentrations significantly increased than the MIC (0.06 μg ml−1) and monitored progress over a 24-h interval. Due to its increased stability, we used the azahistidine analog of albicidin (Fig 1A), which has comparable exercise in comparison with pure albicidin [9]. Nevertheless, management experiments utilizing pure albicidin confirmed comparable outcomes (Fig A in S1 Textual content). Out of 90 clones examined, 14 confirmed progress below these situations (Fig C in S1 Textual content). Genome sequencing of those albicidin resistant strains revealed that almost all (9 strains) carried mutations within the tsx gene. These mutations had been related to a 16-fold elevated MIC (minimal inhibitory focus), in comparison with the WT, much like the isogenic tsx-deficient management pressure (Fig 1A and Fig C and Desk A in S1 Textual content). Remarkably, one of many remaining 5 resistant strains, with an intact tsx gene (pressure S41), exhibited a greater than 100-fold elevated MIC and was in a position to tolerate concentrations as excessive as 2 μg mL−1 albicidin (Fig 1A). Evaluation of DNA sequencing knowledge of pressure S41 revealed a gene amplification leading to 3 to 4 copies of an roughly 47-kb genomic area however no single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (Tables A and B in S1 Textual content).


Fig 1. Albicidin high-level resistance ensuing from GDAs in developed S. Typhimurium.

(A) Comparability of albicidin MICs for WT and developed S. Typhimurium strains (see Fig C and Desk B in S1 Textual content). A construction of albicidin and azahistidine albicidin is included within the bar diagram. (B) Nanopore sequencing revealed 7 copies of the GDA area within the developed tsx-deficient S. Typhimurium pressure T12 (see under, T12), together with the genes between topoisomerase IV subunits A and B (see above, WT). The frequent roughly 2,200 bp lengthy area current in all 6 developed strains (S41, T01, T04, T05, T10, and T12) is highlighted in cyan. It consists of 3 genes: STM3175, ygiW, and partly qseB. (C) Arabinose-induced overexpression of STM3175 (cyan), however not YgiW (gentle inexperienced) or QseBC (olive), leads to an elevated albicidin MIC in S. Typhimurium WT. (D) Arabinose-induced overexpression of the LBD (cyan), however not of the DBD (blue) of STM3175 revealed and elevated MIC towards albicidin in S. Typhimurium. (E) Crystal construction of STM3175 with the conserved AraC-type DBD and GyrI-like LBD proven in grey and cyan, respectively (please additionally see Fig M in S1 Textual content). Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). DBD, DNA-binding area; GDA, gene duplication–amplification; MIC, minimal inhibitory focus; LBD, ligand-binding area; WT, wild-type.


The GDAs caught our curiosity and we determined to research this mechanism in additional element. We due to this fact repeated the evolution experiments with a mutant pressure missing the tsx gene (Δtsx) as a way to keep away from resistance results ensuing from mutations within the nucleoside transporter gene. After exposing the Δtsx pressure stepwise to rising albicidin concentrations from 0.125 μg ml−1 to twenty μg ml−1 (Fig 1A), comparable genome alterations had been noticed as within the tsx-proficient WT strains that tailored to the antibiotic. Complete genome sequencing revealed that 5 out of 10 examined strains harbored GDAs ranging between 3 kb and 158 kb (strains T01, T04, T05, T10, and T12; Fig D(A) and Desk B in S1 Textual content) with copy numbers various between 3 and 15. In these strains, both no SNPs (2/5: T01 and T10) or SNPs in genes in regards to the frequent phase of the GDA area (3/5: T04, T05, and T12—qseB, stm3175, or topoisomerase IV subunit B and moreover one hypothetical protein (1/5: T12)) had been recognized (Desk C in S1 Textual content), suggesting that this explicit GDA area is chargeable for the considerably elevated albicidin tolerance in S. Typhimurium: 80-fold in comparison with the enter pressure or greater than 1,000-fold in comparison with the WT pressure (Fig 1A). As talked about above, a trademark of GDAs is their reversibility within the absence of the suitable choice stress. To check the persistence of the GDAs, we incubated the developed strains (T01, T04, T05, T10, T12, and S41) as organic triplicates for twenty-four h with out albicidin over a interval of 6 (T01, T04, T05, T10, T12, and S41) and 15 days (T12) (equal to roughly 600 and 1,500 generations, respectively). As proven in Fig B and Desk D in S1 Textual content, we noticed a discount in gene duplications in many of the circumstances, which correspondingly resulted in a decrease MIC to albicidin (Desk D in S1 Textual content). Because the phenomenon of heteroresistance is a fancy mechanism that occurs on the single-cell degree, and the place compensation and biologic health play a job, additional experiments are wanted to elucidate intimately the genesis of albicidin-mediated GDAs.

GDAs comprise genes for the sensory histidine kinase system QseBC and the regulatory protein STM3175

Alignments of the GDAs revealed a conserved roughly 2,200 bp overlap between the amplified areas current in all 6 (S41, T01, T04, T05, T10, and T12) analyzed strains (Fig D in S1 Textual content). The overlapping area comprises the two genes STM3175 and ygiW which can be transcribed polycistronically in an operon construction and the N-terminal a part of qseB (Fig 1B and Fig D(B) in S1 Textual content). Apparently, STM3175 and ygiW are positioned instantly upstream of the gene encoding DNA topoisomerase IV subunit A (Fig 1B and Fig D(B) in S1 Textual content). YgiW, a putative periplasmic protein has been linked to the oxidative stress response in E. coli [23]. Little is understood concerning the perform of STM3175, a putative regulatory protein. QseB and the adjacently encoded QseC (Fig 1B) belong to a 2-component quorum sensing system consisting of a sensory histidine kinase (QseC) and its response regulator (QseB). To analyze if the absence of those genes impacts albicidin tolerance of S. Typhimurium, we constructed knockout mutants of qseBC and STM3175-ygiW of the WT and Δtsx pressure. In MIC assays and corresponding colony-forming unit (CFU) counts, no detectable vital change in albicidin sensitivity was noticed in comparison with the mum or dad strains (Fig E in S1 Textual content), suggesting that these genes solely affected albicidin tolerance in GDAs and better copy numbers.

GDAs of the regulator STM3175 afford albicidin resistance

To analyze which of the amplified genes was chargeable for the elevated albicidin tolerance, MIC assays and corresponding CFU counts with STM3175, ygiW, and qseB had been carried out below management of an arabinose-inducible promoter. Every gene was cloned into the low-copy quantity plasmid pBAD30 and expressed in S. Typhimurium WT cells. After induction with arabinose, solely overexpression of STM3175 imparted resistance, whereas overexpression of YgiW and QseB didn’t elicit albicidin tolerance (Fig 1C and Fig F(A-B) and Fig F(E) in S1 Textual content). Notably, the extent of albicidin resistance elevated with rising arabinose focus (Fig G in S1 Textual content). This prompt that the resistance mechanism solely trusted the rise of STM3175 focus, which might be elevated by the elevated copy variety of STM3175 within the GDAs. Certainly, RNA-Seq evaluation confirmed a transparent improve in mRNA ranges of the STM3175ygiW operon in addition to the opposite constituents of the GDA, together with qseB/C however not the flanking topoisomerase IV subunits A and B (Fig H in S1 Textual content). Proteomic analyses additional confirmed increased ranges of STM3175, YgiW, and QseB/C within the mutant T12 in comparison with WT cells (Fig H and Desk N in S1 Textual content).

Nearer inspection of its amino acid sequence revealed that STM3175 consists of two domains: an N-terminal AraC-like DNA-binding area (DBD) and a C-terminal GyrI-like ligand-binding area (LBD). In overexpression experiments, the LBD however not the DBD of STM3175 afforded resistance (Fig 1D and Fig F(C-D) and F(F) in S1 Textual content). Apparently, the full-length protein appeared to confer increased resistance than the LBD alone. Expression of the LBD in an STM3175 mutant pressure confirmed the identical resistance degree as when expressed in WT cells with intact STM3175 (Desk E in S1 Textual content). In agar diffusion assays, each the full-length protein and the LBD alone neutralized the results of albicidin (Fig I in S1 Textual content). When a 2-fold extra of albicidin was added to the STM3175 or LBD proteins earlier than recognizing, bacterial progress was clearly decreased, albeit much less severely than within the management pattern with out protein (Fig I(C) and I(E) in S1 Textual content), excluding enzymatic modification or degradation of albicidin as mechanism of motion for STM3175.

STM3175 construction

The twin area construction of a helix-turn-helix DNA-binding aspect mixed with an effector binding area is harking back to AlbA [20] (Fig J(A) in S1 Textual content), the MerR-like transcription issue that confers albicidin resistance in Klebsiella oxytoca. Nevertheless, the affinity for albicidin and the twin area construction gave the impression to be the one similarities. Not solely is the sequence id low (15%; Fig J(B) in S1 Textual content) but in addition the anticipated secondary construction of the LBDs is markedly completely different. AlbA completely consists of helical parts, whereas STM3175 consists of α-helices and β-sheets (Fig Ok in S1 Textual content). Round dichroism (CD) spectroscopy of recombinantly expressed proteins confirmed the combined content material of α-helix and β-sheet in STM3175 with clearly decreased helical contributions when the DBD will not be current (Fig L(A-C) in S1 Textual content).

These outcomes had been in glorious settlement with our crystal construction of full-length STM3175 (PDB-ID: 7R3W) the place the N-terminal area consists of seven helices that kind 2 helix-turn-helix DNA-binding motifs usually present in AraC DBDs [24] (Fig 1E and Fig M in S1 Textual content). The DBD is linked to the C-terminal LBD through a brief helical aspect and a brief linker (roughly 10 aa), which was not resolved within the electron density. The LBD exhibits the attribute GyrI-like fold of two SH2 motifs with a pseudo 2-fold symmetry forming a central groove that’s clearly seen within the crystal construction regardless of the comparatively low decision of three.6 Å (Fig 1E). The scale of the groove (size roughly 30 Å, width roughly 10 Å, peak roughly 12 Å) present a great atmosphere for accommodating compounds of linear structure [25]. Regardless of presenting as a monomer in analytical gel filtration (Fig N in S1 Textual content), STM3175 varieties domain-swapped dimers within the crystal, the place the DBD of 1 polypeptide varieties contacts with the LBD of a second molecule (Fig O(A-C) in S1 Textual content). The relative orientation of the N-and C-terminal domains of the two molecules will not be an identical, leading to an asymmetrical dimer (Figs O(D) and O(E) in S1 Textual content).

When producing homology fashions by RoseTTAFold [26] and Phyre2 [27], the E. coli transcription issue Rob (PDB-ID: 1d5y) [28] and GyrI (PDB-ID: 1jyha) [25] had been recognized as highest-ranking structural homologs (100% and 99.9% confidence, respectively; Fig P in S1 Textual content). Whereas the constructions of the N- and C-terminal domains within the crystal construction and homology mannequin had been very comparable (RMSD <1.5 Å), the relative area orientation differed considerably. The homology fashions confirmed a extra compact construction, much like that of Rob sure to DNA (Fig P(A) in S1 Textual content). This flexibility within the relative area orientation is per STM3175 construction fashions by AlphaFold [29,30] (mannequin accessible in AlphaFold Protein Construction Database below UniProt ID: Q8ZM00), the place the anticipated aligned error plot additionally suggests decrease confidence in interdomain accuracy of the prediction. Rob and GyrI, in addition to a lot of different GyrI-like area containing proteins, are additionally discovered when submitting the STM3175 crystal construction to the DALI server [31] to establish structurally comparable proteins within the PDB. Nevertheless, in distinction to different GyrI homologs, STM3175 lacks the extremely conserved Glu residue within the heart of the binding groove, and the fees in and across the groove usually are not completely unfavourable as in most GyrI-like domains [32]. In STM3175, the groove is usually lined with hydrophobic residues and extends right into a tunnel towards the C-terminus of the LBD (Fig M in S1 Textual content).

STM3175 albicidin binding

Since a number of Trp residues are positioned in and across the binding groove, we monitored the interplay with albicidin by tryptophan fluorescence quenching experiments. To acquire affinity constants, albicidin was titrated to STM3175 or STM3175-LBD, and the concentration-dependent lower within the fluorescence sign was measured. Becoming of the quenching knowledge means that STM3175 binds albicidin with sub-micromolar affinity (Okd = 0.17 ± 0.01 μM; Fig 2A). The LBD alone binds with comparable however considerably decrease affinity (Okd = 0.35 ± 0.05 μM; Fig 2B), suggesting that the DBD will not be or solely little concerned in albicidin binding.


Fig 2. Albicidin binding to STM3175.

The binding affinity of STM3175 and its LBD had been decided by monitoring quenching of tryptophan fluorescence emission of STM3175 after addition of azahistidine albicidin. (A) Fluorescence quenching of STM3175 plotted as a perform of accelerating azahistidine albicidin focus. Becoming of the reducing fluorescence emission yielded a Okd of 0.17 ± 0.01 μM. (B) Fluorescence quenching of STM3175-LBD plotted towards rising azahistidine albicidin concentrations. Becoming of the info yielded a Okd of 0.35 ± 0.05 μM. Insets present emission spectra of STM3175 or the LBD with rising azahistidine albicidin concentrations. (C) Floor mannequin of the crystal construction of STM3175. DBD and LBD are coloured in darkish and lightweight grey, respectively. The albicidin orientations of the highest 4 greatest scoring fashions obtained with AutoDock Vina are proven in hues of blue. The inset exhibits cross-section by the binding pocket of the highest-ranking complicated mannequin with the conserved Phe265 highlighted in pink. The black dashed line signifies the cross-section aircraft. (D) WebLogo [33] depiction of amino acids in β-strand 7 utilizing alignments of STM3175 homologs. The conserved Phe 265 and Tyr 267 are highlighted in pink and blue, respectively (see additionally Fig U in S1 Textual content). Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). DBD, DNA-binding area; LBD, ligand-binding area.


Makes an attempt to crystallize the albicidin-STM3175 complicated had been unsuccessful, however molecular docking of albicidin to the crystal construction of STM3175 suggests a binding mode the place albicidin is positioned within the central groove of the LBD (Fig 2C). Within the best-ranked fashions of the complicated, the N-terminal half of albicidin occupies the binding area groove, which is a well-described binding website for different ligands of GyrI-like proteins [32]. The C-terminal constructing blocks D, E, and F lengthen by the tunnel towards the C-terminus of the LBD (Fig 2C). Curiously, within the domain-swapped dimers discovered within the crystal, the exit of this tunnel is blocked by one of many helices of the DBD (Fig M(C) in S1 Textual content). Nevertheless, contemplating the low decision of the X-ray construction, the precise positioning of albicidin within the binding groove can’t be decided with certainty by docking research, and in a few of the lower-ranked fashions, we additionally discovered albicidin within the reverse orientation (Fig Q(A) in S1 Textual content).

STM3175 homologs in E. coli, Vibrio, and Pseudomonas

A BLAST search revealed homologs in varied members of the Enterobacteriaceae household, together with Klebsiella, Klyuvera, and Citrobacter. These homologs show the identical transcription regulator di-domain construction with sequence id ranging between 60% and 90%. The genomic context corresponds to that of STM3175 in Salmonella with topoisomerase IV subunit A, QseB, and QseC positioned within the direct neighborhood (Fig R(A-B) in S1 Textual content). Furthermore, variants of the protein missing the DBD, equally to GyrI, are current in different Enterobacteriaceae genera equivalent to Escherichia and Shigella. The E. coli homolog is named YgiV (roughly 50% sequence id, comparable genomic context), and a search by NCBI data revealed a quantity (roughly 1,500) of database entries of proteins with the identical title. Within the current outcomes are the quick variant (160 aa) and the di-domain protein (288 aa) with the vast majority of hits in E. coli (quick variant) adopted by Salmonella enterica and Klebsiella pneumonia strains (lengthy variants).

To analyze whether or not these homologs confer albicidin resistance and whether or not they’re regulated by an identical GDA-based resistance mechanism, we carried out evolution experiments in E. coli. When uncovered to rising concentrations of albicidin, 11 out of 20 strains tailored to not less than 8 μg mL−1 inside 10 passages (Fig 1A). 9 strains harbored GDAs, once more various in size and duplicate quantity (Fig S(A) and Desk B in S1 Textual content). An roughly 644-bp-long area was current in all GDAs, and, satisfyingly, it contained the E. coli ygiV gene (Fig S(B) in S1 Textual content). When the E. coli ygiV gene was expressed below management of an arabinose-inducible promoter in S. Typhimurium, we additionally noticed elevated albicidin tolerance similar to that conferred by the LBD of STM3175 alone (Fig T(A-B) in S1 Textual content).

AlphaFold and Rosetta each counsel that E. coli YgiV has a fold an identical to that of the LBD of STM3175 with a binding groove sandwiched between 2 helices (AlphaFold mannequin accessible in AlphaFold Protein Construction Database below UniProt ID: Q46866). Notably, the conserved Glu residue that’s positioned on the base of the binding groove in most GyrI-like domains can be not current. In docking research with the homology mannequin, we obtained comparable outcomes as for STM3175 (Fig Q(B) in S1 Textual content) however with a most well-liked orientation of the albicidin carboxylic acid towards the C-terminus of helix1 (in STM3175, this may be the top of the groove reverse of the DBD).

We then sought to establish homologs from extra distant bacterial relations. A BLAST search utilizing solely the LBD of STM3175 recognized single- and di-domain homologs in different Gammaproteobacteria, together with Vibrio sp. and Pseudomonas sp. Due to their pathogenic potential, we determined to research whether or not the homologs in Vibrio vulnificus (YgiV-Vv; 44% id to STM3175) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (AraC-Pa-like; 48% id) additionally conferred albicidin resistance. When the two di-domain homologs had been expressed below management of an arabinose-inducible promoter in S. Typhimurium, we once more noticed elevated MICs, much like these conferred by STM3175 (Fig T(C-D) in S1 Textual content).

Based mostly on these outcomes, it’s probably that single- and di-domain STM3175 homologs in varied gram-negative species can improve albicidin tolerance if current in ample copy numbers. Most homologs (>90% of 250 BLAST search outcomes), together with YgiV-Vv and AraC-Pa, have a Phe rather than the Glu residue often discovered on β-strand 7 that varieties the bottom of the binding groove (Fig U in S1 Textual content). Along with a equally conserved Tyr, this Phe residue (Phe265 and Tyr267 in STM3175) varieties a great interplay motif for the aminobenzoic acid blocks of albicidin (Fig 2D). MIC assays with STM3175 variants the place the two fragrant residues on the base of the binding groove, F265 and Y267, had been mutated to alanines, confirmed the crucial function of those 2 amino acids on the binding website. The albicidin tolerance was drastically decreased in S. Typhimurium when STM3175 variants F265E, F265A, or the double mutant F265A/Y267A had been expressed as a substitute of the WT protein (Fig V in S1 Textual content).

Specificity of the resistance mechanism

To judge the specificity of this resistance mechanism, the 6 developed S. Typhimurium strains (S41, T01, T04, T05, T10, and T12) had been challenged with compounds from completely different antibiotic courses, equivalent to fluoroquinolones, tetracyclines, β-lactams, or sulphonamides. With MICs similar to these of the WT pressure, not one of the developed strains confirmed resistance towards any of the examined antibiotics (Tables F and G in S1 Textual content). Apparently, though albicidin and fluoroquinolones each goal DNA gyrase [34], cross resistance was not noticed in both our developed strains or fluoroquinolone-resistant (FQR) S. Typhimurium strains [35] that had been examined towards albicidin (Fig W in S1 Textual content).

SbmC (GyrI) from E. coli, to which the LBD of STM3175 exhibits homology, protects cells from the gyrase poison microcin B17 [36]. Nevertheless, overexpression of the SbmC homolog in Salmonella (71% sequence id to the E. coli variant) confirmed solely a minimal improve in albicidin tolerance (Fig X in S1 Textual content). Likewise, regardless of its homology to SbmC, developed E. coli strains harboring GDAs of YgiV didn’t confer resistance towards microcin B17 (Fig Y and Desk H). Taken collectively, these outcomes point out that the STM3175-based resistance mechanism towards albicidin is extremely particular.


In our evolution experiments, we noticed the emergence of GDAs that permit S. Typhimurium and E. coli to tolerate albicidin concentrations considerably exceeding these conferred by mutations within the well-studied nucleoside transporter Tsx. This high-level resistance resulted from the presence of a number of copies of the transcription regulator STM3175 within the genomes of developed strains. GDAs permit speedy transcription regulation impartial of transcription components, which allows micro organism to rapidly adapt to progress limiting components [37] equivalent to warmth [38], lack of vitamins [39], or heavy metals [40].

In comparison with level mutations, spontaneous duplications happen with out selective stress and at considerably increased charges (10−4–10−2/cell/division) with additional will increase of the copy quantity at charges of 10−2/cell/division [3,41]. This intrinsic genetic instability permits amplification-mediated gene expression tuning and allows populations to rapidly reply to modifications in environmental situations [37,41]. The presence of GDAs can complicate therapy of bacterial infections because it can lead to heteroresistance [42], through which subpopulations are much less vulnerable to the therapy, in the end resulting in therapy failure.

Numerous completely different mechanisms at the moment are recognized that may improve gene copy quantity in bacterial chromosomes. In precept, 2 important mechanisms are described: an amplification dependent or impartial on the affect of the recombinase protein RecA [4]. We examined RecA dependence of STM3175 GDA formation through the use of a tsx/recA-deficient double mutant pressure. Much like the corresponding tsx-deficient parental pressure, a major improve in MIC upon evolution towards rising albicidin concentrations was detected. Nevertheless, qPCR research utilizing STM3175-specific primers confirmed very clearly that the rise in MIC towards albicidin was not accompanied by a rise in gene copy variety of STM3175 (Desk I in S1 Textual content). Thus, albicidin-induced institution of STM3175 GDAs clearly follows RecA-dependent mechanisms. RecA-dependent mechanisms of GDA formation often point out the presence of repetitive sequences on the ends of duplicated areas. Nevertheless, we didn’t detect any such sequences utilizing intensive in silico analyses. It’s recognized that initiation of GDA occasions generally proceeds from RecA-independent duplications These duplications are then used as repetitive sequences for subsequent RecA-dependent gene multiplications [3,43,44]. Future experiments are required to indicate whether or not this mechanism additionally performs a job within the formation of STM3175 GDA occasions.

Often, the duplications clearly serve to extend the mobile ranges of a gene product that may instantly counteract the induced stress, equivalent to efflux pumps in case of antibiotics or heavy metals [40]. In our arabinose-inducible expression programs, the albicidin-neutralizing impact of STM3175 is clearly dosage dependent. Our tailored Salmonella and E. coli strains achieve as much as 15 copies of the gene and might tolerate greater than a 100-fold increased albicidin concentrations Nevertheless, GDAs are intrinsically unstable, and, within the absence of selective stress, they’re usually quickly resolved to ameliorate the inherent health price [3,45]. Investigations on the kinetics of STM3175 GDA reversal are a very attention-grabbing facet. Our research and people of others present that this can be a extremely particular person course of that happens primarily on the single-cell degree [46]. Advances in modern sequencing applied sciences, equivalent to MinION nanopore sequencing, will permit us sooner or later to delve deeper into the mechanisms of formation and reversion of GDAs. In the end, these insights will permit us not solely to explain intimately kinetics of bacterial subpopulations but in addition to foretell the emergence of profitable (antibiotic resistance) clones.

Underneath ongoing selective stress, GDAs can present a foundation for the evolution of genes with new capabilities, as the extra gene copies may doubtlessly evolve independently, buying new capabilities or specificities [40,47], e.g., to diversify or specialize an present resistance mechanism or era of latest fusion proteins. On this research, it’s conceivable that overexpression of STM3175 by GDA occasions paves the best way for mounted, genetic albicidin resistance by subsequent mutations within the Tsx nucleoside channel, as proven for E. coli [22].

It seems unlikely that YgiV and STM3175 are resistance traits that developed particularly to counteract albicidin. The shortage of cross-resistance in our checks with quite a few antibiotics and the excessive affinity for albicidin, nonetheless, counsel specificity of the mechanism. On this regard, it could be key to see how the ex vivo-determined albicidin binding affinities evaluate to intracellular albicidin ranges. Nevertheless, resulting from varied challenges, e.g., hydrophobicity, we weren’t in a position but to find out these with confidence. Within the MIC assays, albicidin concentrations vary from 0.0012 μM to 12 μM, which is in an identical order of magnitude because the dissociation constants we obtained from Trp fluorescence quenching experiments (0.17 μM for STM3175 and 0.35 μM for the LBD). Nevertheless, we doubt that the STM3175 binding is ample to lure all albicidin molecules sufficiently as a way to stop inhibition of gyrase, relatively that different extra mechanisms are concerned, e.g., the transcriptional up-regulation of efflux programs or STM3175-mediated autoregulation. Alternatively, GyrI-like area containing transcription components like STM3175 have been implicated in polyspecific binding and multidrug resistance [40,47], and STM3175 might need the power to guard cells from different stressor molecules. A task in DNA safety has been described for the homolog GyrI. Apparently, the protein GyrI, which was initially found as a gyrase inhibitor, protects DNA gyrase from the peptide toxins microcin B17 and CcdB and affords partial safety from quinolones [32]. GyrI additionally imparts resistance towards alkylating brokers mitomycin C and N-methyl-N-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine, which act independently of gyrase [48].

DNA gyrase inhibitors usually fall into 2 classes: people who inhibit the binding of ATP and interrupt supercoiling (e.g., aminocoumarins or cyclothialidines) and people who lure enzyme–DNA intermediates (e.g., quinolones, CcdB, and microcin B17). Albicidin belongs to the second class [35]; therefore, a resistance mechanism similar to that of microcin B17 appears affordable. Nevertheless, the molecular particulars behind the mechanism of motion of albicidin haven’t but been decided, and this similarity to microcin B17 and CcdB may present additional insights.

Members of the GyrI superfamily are prevalent amongst micro organism, archaea, and eukaryotes [17]. PFAM lists GyrI-like relations as stand-alone domains or fused to different useful domains, equivalent to DNA-binding or enzymatic domains. In our experiments, we noticed increased resistance in overexpression experiments of full-length STM3175 in comparison with YgiV or STM3175 with out DBD. Notably, this distinction was not noticed in agar diffusion experiments, which permits 2 doable explanations: first, full-length STM3175 can bind DNA and activate different protection mechanisms, equivalent to an elevated expression of efflux pumps (as proven for the carefully associated transcription issue Rob) [49], or second, STM3175 can endure autoregulation resulting in a potentiation of the protein itself. It might be attention-grabbing to see in future experiments which promoter areas are acknowledged by the DBD and which genes are instantly affected.

Numerous constructions of proteins with GyrI-like domains can be found within the PDB, however only some of the deposited constructions are of di-domain proteins: ROB [28], BmrR and EcmrR, 2 multidrug sensing regulators of the MerR household that encompass an N-terminal helix-turn-helix DBD with a dimerization motif and a GyrI-type LBD. The area structure of STM3175 resembles that of ROB, which additionally consists of an N-terminal AraC DBD fused to a GyrI-like area [28]. Regardless of its comparatively low decision, the crystal construction of STM3175 agreed very properly with predictions and accessible GyrI-family constructions within the PDB. And whereas we weren’t in a position to get hold of crystals of albicidin sure to STM3175, our fashions counsel a binding mode that’s per structural knowledge of varied drug-like compounds in complicated with GyrI-like proteins [32].

In abstract, we demonstrated that publicity of S. Typhimurium and E. coli to rising concentrations of the gyrase poison albicidin leads to speedy adaption through chromosomal duplication–amplification occasions. The affected area harbors the GyrI-like area containing transcription regulator STM3175 (YgiV), which we recognized as a crucial issue concerned in high-level resistance towards albicidin. The protein binds albicidin with excessive affinity in an equimolar stoichiometry. We additional confirmed that this resistance mechanism/gyrase safety mechanism is ubiquitous in Enterobacteriacea with STM3175 homologs conferring resistance in Escherichia, Vibrio, and Pseudomonas.

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Fig A. Agar diffusion assays utilizing pure albicidin. (A) Assay scheme illustrating the pattern association on agar plates. The unfavourable and optimistic controls comprise solely protein (−) or albicidin (+) in buffer with 5% DMSO, respectively. (B) STM3175 with albicidin in a 1:1 molar ratio (in triplicates I-III). Fig B. Discount in GDA copy quantity after albicidin removing. (A) Scheme of the experimental setup. The respective developed strains harboring a number of GDAs had been incubated in LB medium with out albicidin supplementation. Micro organism had been diluted in recent progress medium each 24 h. After 6 days, micro organism had been harvested and a qPCR utilizing STM3175-specific primers had been carried out to find out the STM3175 copy quantity. (B) The fold change worth represents the relative ratio of the GDAs of the developed or back-evolved pressure (3 completely different clones) to the unevolved mum or dad pressure. Normalization completed utilizing the housekeeping gene trp. Fig (A) was created with BioRender. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Fig C. MIC detection of developed S. Typhimurium strains. Adaptation to albicidin in 14/90 strains after in a single day incubation with the 4-fold albicidin wild kind MIC (WT; ATCC 14028; black bar). 9 developed strains (darkish grey bars) confirmed mutations within the tsx gene and a comparable MIC to the tsx mutant (white bar, 0.25 μg mL−1). 5 developed strains confirmed 100% tsx gene id to the WT. The pressure S41 (crimson bar) has an elevated MIC of two μg mL−1, similar to a rise by nearly 70-fold to the WT (0.00156 μg mL−1). This pressure was investigated in additional experiments. Information characterize imply and commonplace deviations of 6 organic replicates that had been carried out in 3 technical replicates (WT, Δtsx, S41). The information of the opposite strains characterize means and commonplace deviations of two organic replicates that had been carried out in 3 technical replicates. Strains with out error bar have the identical lead to each single experiment. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Fig D. Albicidin high-level resistance ensuing from GDAs in developed S. Typhimurium. (A) Evolution of GDAs in 6 strains after therapy with albicidin (S41: 0.06 μg mL−1 albicidin for twenty-four h, gentle grey bar; T-strains: rising albicidin conc. From 0.125 to twenty μg mL−1 in 9 passages, darkish grey bars) leads to a number of copy areas of various size. The identical roughly 2,200 bp phase is current in every copy area in all developed strains (cyan). T12 with 7 copies of a area is proven as instance. (B) The amplified area in T12 comprises the genes for topoisomerase IV subunits A and B (topoIV A, topoIV B), QseBC, STM3175, YgiW, YgiN, modulator of drug exercise B (mdaB), and a pair of ORFs for hypothetical proteins. Fig E. MIC dedication of knockout mutants. (A) S. Typhimurium knockout mutants of qseBC (darkish grey) and STM3175-ygiW (gentle grey) present the identical azahistidine albicidin tolerance as their respective mum or dad pressure: WT (black) or Δtsx mutant (white). The information characterize means and commonplace deviations of three–5 organic replicates that had been carried out in 3 technical replicates. Strains with out error bar have the identical lead to each single experiment. (B) For a choice of mutant strains, CFU counts had been decided in parallel to MIC measurements by optical density. The information characterize means and commonplace deviations of two organic replicates that had been carried out in 3 technical replicates. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Fig F. MIC curves and CFU counts of the STM3175 operon and domains. (A, B) Comparability of noninduced and arabinose-induced expression programs of genes within the GDA area exhibits elevated azahistidine albicidin tolerance when expression of STM3175 is induced. (C, D) After complement of 5 mM arabinose, the MIC was elevated for full-length STM3175 and, to a lesser extent, its LBD. (E, F) CFU counts in response to MIC of arabinose induced expression programs of genes within the GDA area and STM3175-domains (E vs. B; F vs. D). The information characterize means and commonplace deviations of three organic replicates that had been carried out in three technical replicates. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Fig G. MIC dedication for S. Typhimurium with STM3175 overexpression. Overexpression of STM3175 was induced by rising arabinose concentrations. The information characterize means and commonplace deviations of 4 organic replicates that had been carried out in 3 technical replicates. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Fig H. Up-regulation of the GDA area. RNA sequencing and proteomics knowledge of developed S. Typhimurium pressure T12 present elevated mRNA and protein expression ranges for genes within the GDA, significantly STM3175 and YgiW. Proteins indicated by a cross weren’t recognized within the proteomics evaluation. Fig I. Agar diffusion assays. STM3175 and LBD (GyrI-like area) with azahistidine albicidin. (A) Assay scheme illustrating the pattern association on agar plates. The unfavourable and optimistic controls comprise solely protein (−) or azahistidine albicidin (+) in buffer with 5% DMSO, respectively. (BE) STM3175 and LBD with albicidin in a 1:1 or 1:2 molar ratio (in triplicates I-III). Fig J. Area construction and sequences of STM3175 and AlbA. (A) Domains recognized by the NCBI conserved domains search device [2]⁠ are highlighted in daring. (B) CLUSTAL Omega sequence alignment of STM3175 and AlbA. Fig Ok. Secondary constructions of STM3175 and AlbA. Secondary constructions predicted from the amino acid sequences by the PSIPRED Server. α-helices are coloured in yellow; β-sheets are proven in blue. Amino acid residues within the ligand-binding domains are underlined. Fig L. Round dichroism spectroscopy of STM3175. (A) SDS-PAGE with His6-STM3175 (FL) and His6-STM3175-LBD (LBD) after Ni-NTA purification. (B) CD spectrum of His6-STM3175 in Tris buffer (black) and with K2D reconstructed spectrum (grey). (C) CD spectrum of the ligand binding area in Tris buffer. MRE = imply residue ellipticity. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Authentic scans for Fig (A) might be discovered as supporting data (S1 Fig). Fig M. STM3175 floor evaluation. (A) STM3175 crystal construction with (B) hydrophobic residues coloured in orange and polar amino acids proven in gentle blue and (C) negatively charged amino acids in crimson and positively expenses residues in blue. Fig N. Analytical measurement exclusion chromatography. (A) Chromatogram of an analytical measurement exclusion gel filtration run of STM3175 on a Superdex S200 improve 3.2/300. STM3175 (with a focus of 30 μM in 50 μl in gel filtration buffer) was analyzed with a circulate charge of 0.04 ml/min. (B) Calibration curve of the column with thyroglobulin (670 kDa), γ-globulin (158 kDa), ovoalbumin (44 kDa), and myoglobin (17 kDa) proven as blue circles. The obvious molecular weight of STM3175 was calculated from the elution quantity utilizing the linear regression (blue line). The obvious molecular weight of STM3175 is 43.5 kDa (knowledge level proven in crimson). Fig O. Spatial group of STM3175 within the crystal construction. (A) Association of two domain-swapped dimers within the crystal. (B) Schematic of the monomer group in a unit cell with hexagons symbolizing the ligand-binding domains and ellipses as HTH domains. (C) A helix (highlighted in orange) of the DBD of monomer A occupies the C-terminal finish of the binding groove on the LBD of monomer C. (D) Alignments of the LBD of the 4 monomers present 2 distinct area orientations. Monomers A and D resemble one another and monomers B and C align. (E) Every dimer consists of two monomers with completely different conformations, however alignments present that the two dimers usually are not an identical. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Fig P. STM3175 homology mannequin and modeling templates. (A) Crystal construction of the very best scoring template, transcription issue ROB, sure to its cognate DNA in a tertiary complicated (PDB-ID: 1d5y). (B) Crystal construction of the very best scoring template for the ligand-binding area SbmC (GyrI; PDB-ID: 1jyh). (C) Robetta homology mannequin of STM3175. The DBDs are coloured in grey, LBD in cyan. In STM3175, SH2 subunits of the pseudo-dimeric motif are coloured in pale cyan and inexperienced. Fig Q. LBDs of STM3175 and E. coli YgiV with albicidin. (A) Conformation of albicidin within the 4 best-ranked fashions in AutoDock Vina with the crystal construction of STM3175. The highest-ranked conformation is proven in darkish blue. (B) Rosetta mannequin of E. coli YgiV docked with albicidin utilizing HADDOCK. The 4 best-ranked fashions are proven with the top-ranking albicidin conformation proven in darkish crimson. Fig R. Enterobacteriaceae household tree and genomic context of topoisomerase IV subunits. (A) Genera with mono- or di-domain STM3175 homologs in the identical genomic context are highlighted in inexperienced. Genera the place YgiW was current however no STM3175 homolog are indicated with an asterisk. The phylogenetic tree was tailored from Hata and colleagues [10]⁠. (B) Genomic context of the two subunits of topoisomerase I, topoIV A and topoIV B. ygiW is proven in grey. LysR = LysR household transcriptional regulator; MO = antibiotic biosynthesis monooxygenase; O crimson = NAD(P)H-dependent oxidoreductase. Genomic sequences had been obtained from the NCBI database with the next accession numbers: E. cloacae: NZ_CP009756.1, C. youngae: NZ_GG730303.1, Y. rohdei: NZ_CP009787, S. plymuthica A9: NC_015567.1, C. dublensis: NZ_CP012266.1, E. persicina: NZ_CP082141.1. Fig S. Gene duplication and amplification (GDA) in E. coli strains with albicidin hyperresistance. (A) Mapping of GDA strains after therapy with albicidin (rising albicidin conc. from 0.0156 μg mL−1 to eight μg mL−1 in 10 passages), that are completely different in copy quantity and measurement (Desk B). (B) The frequent roughly 600-bp-long area (blue) consists of the gene ygiV. Fig T. Comparability of noninduced and arabinose-induced expression programs of STM3175 homologs from E. coli, V. vulnificus, and P. aeruginosa in S. Typhimurium. (A, B) Arabinose induction leads to elevated albicidin MIC in S. Typhimurium cells the place the homolog YgiV-Ec from E. coli is expressed however not when YgiW-Ec is expressed. (C, D) Arabinose-induced overexpression of the STM3175 homologs YgiV-Vv from V. vulnificus, its LBD (YgiV-LBD-Vv), and AraC-Pa from P. aeruginosa results in elevated albicidin MICs. The elevated MIC for YgiV-Vv even with out arabinose induction is because of its DBD, which is an AraC homolog and may leads to autoregulation below albicidin therapy. Sensitivity of Ygiv-Vv to albicidin with out arabinose induction is restored after cloning of solely LBD of YgiV. The information characterize means and commonplace deviations of three organic replicates that had been carried out in 3 technical replicates, besides YgiW-Ec, which was carried out in 2 organic and three technical replicates. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Fig U. Alignments of STM3175 homologs. Proven are representatives from completely different genera of the highest 100 homologs recognized by BLAST of the LBD towards the RefSeq database excluding Salmonella sp. Proteins investigated on this research are indicated in crimson. Amino acids with 100% consensus are proven in crimson, and the beta-strand forming the bottom of the binding groove is highlighted by a crimson field. Fig V. Affect of level mutations within the putative albicidin binding pocket of the STM3175-LBD on albicidin resistance. (A) Crystal construction of STM3175 with its 2 domains. The residues within the binding pocket of the LBD that had been mutated are highlighted in pink. (B) MIC assay outcomes of the arabinose-inducible vector pBAD30 (management pressure), STM3175 overexpression pressure, and launched mutations (*F265E, *W244A, *F265A, *Y267A, *F265A-Y267A) within the binding pocket of STM3175 overexpression pressure. Fig W. MICs of albicidin and ciprofloxacin. Dedication of the MIC for the wild kind (WT, ATCC 14028), the albicidin developed pressure (S41), and 4 excessive fluoroquinolones (FQ)-resistant strains (FQR1–4) for (A) albicidin and (B) ciprofloxacin in 96-well plates. The error bars characterize imply and commonplace deviations of three organic replicates that had been carried out in 3 technical replicates (besides FQR1–4 for ciprofloxacin, which characterize imply and commonplace deviations of three technical replicates). Strains with out error bar have the identical lead to each single experiment. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Fig X. Comparability of arabinose-induced expression system of S. Typhimurium SbmC and empty vector in S. Typhimurium. (A) MIC dedication with out arabinose and 5 mM arabinose in empty vector management pBAD30, (B) in pBAD30::sbmC. The error bars characterize imply and commonplace deviations of two organic replicates that had been carried out in 3 technical replicates. Supply knowledge are offered as a supply knowledge file (S1 Information). Fig Y. Agar diffusion assay with MccB17 and developed E. coli and S. Typhimurium strains. At concentrations of 10 mg/ml, no distinction in susceptibility towards MccB17 was noticed between WT or developed E. coli strains E08 and E10. S. Typhimurium WT pressure was not vulnerable to MccB17 and neither was the developed pressure T12. Desk A. Genetic modifications in albicidin resistant Salmonella isolates. Desk B. Abstract of developed S. Typhimurium and E. coli strains harboring a GDA area. Desk C. Genetic modifications in albicidin-resistant Δtsx Salmonella isolates. Desk D. Abstract of developed S. Typhimurium pressure T12 after progress with out antibiotic stress. Desk E. MIC values of STM3175-LBD of noninduced and induced arabinose expression in several strains. Desk F. Antibiotic susceptibility testing of wild-type pressure (WT) and the respective developed pressure (S41) for twenty-four completely different antibiotics. Abbreviations: R, resistant. Desk G. Antibiotic susceptibility testing of Δtsx mutant pressure and the respective developed strains for twenty-four completely different antibiotics. Abbreviations: R, resistant. Desk H. Susceptibility testing towards microcin B17 of E. coli and S. Typhimurium strains. *comprises SbmC gene. Desk I. RecA dependence in GDA formation. Evolution of recA+ (T-strains) and recAstrains (TR-strains) to an albicidin focus of two.5 μg/ml. * The foldchange worth represents the relative ratio of the GDAs of the developed strains to the unevolved originals pressure. The foldchange (ΔΔCT) outcomes from the relative worth (ΔCT) of the developed pressure minus the relative worth of the unevolved unique pressure, which had been normalized to the ΔCT−worth of the housekeeping gene trp beforehand. Desk J. Strains and plasmids used on this work. Abbreviations: NalR, nalidixic acid resistance; CbR, carbenecellin resistance; KanR, kanamycin resistance; ApR, ampicillin resistance; SGSC, Salmonella Genetic Inventory Centre; DB, DNA-binding area; LBD, ligand-binding area; Ec, Escherichia coli; Vv, Vibrio vulnificus; Pa, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Desk Ok. Primer with their sequence and goal area used on this work. *GAAAACCTGTATTTTCAGGGC = TEV website. Abbreviations: DB, DNA-binding area; LBD, ligand-binding area; MCS, a number of cloning website. Desk L. STM3175-constructs cloned on this work. Abbreviations: DB, DNA binding area; LBD, ligand-binding area. STM3175 coding sequence: M0NDLISAAYSERLRRVCDHIERHLDEPLSIEALSRMAHSSPFHFHRQFTTWSGLPLYRYIQWLRLRRASWRLAFNPQDKVIDIALDAGFQNPESFTRAFKTAFGQSPRRFRQSP114DWLAWHQRVPKLALQEQHV133MDVKIVEFPPTRVAMLTHLGHPDKVNASAAKFIAWRRETGQSPIASSQTFGIAWHDPQTTPPAQFRFDICGSVRQPIAENDVGVVNSEIPGGRCAVVRHQGSLDSLPESVWYLFREWLPASGETPRDFPVFFQYLNFVHEVAEHELLTDIYLPLR288. Desk M. Diffraction knowledge assortment, refinement, and validation statistics. a Information for the very best decision shell in parenthesis. b Rmeas(I) = ∑h [N/(N-1)]1/2i │Iih—<Ih>│ / ∑hi Iih, through which <Ih> is the imply depth of symmetry-equivalent reflections h, Iih is the depth of a selected remark of h, and N is the variety of redundant observations of reflection h. [50]. c CC1/2 = (<I2> − <I>2) / (<I2> − <I>2) + σ2ε, through which σ2ε is the imply error inside a half-dataset [51]. d RMSD–root imply sq. deviation. e calculated with PHENIX [52]. f calculated with MOLPROBITY [53]. g Clashscore is the variety of critical steric overlaps (>0.4) per 1,000 atoms [53]. Desk N. Checklist of 2063 quantified proteins from S. Typhimurium detected in wild-type pressure (n = 5) and developed T12 pressure (n = 4*). The mass spectrometry proteomics knowledge have been deposited to the ProteomeXchange Consortium through the PRIDE associate repository with the dataset identifier PXD031944.



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The FP7 WeNMR (challenge# 261572), H2020 West-Life (challenge# 675858), the EOSC-hub (challenge# 777536) and the EGI-ACE (challenge# 101017567) European e-Infrastructure initiatives are acknowledged for using their internet portals, which make use of the EGI infrastructure with the devoted assist of CESNET-MCC, INFN-PADOVA-STACK, INFN-LNL-2, NCG-INGRID-PT, TW-NCHC, CESGA, IFCA-LCG2, UA-BITP, SURFsara and NIKHEF, and the extra assist of the nationwide GRID Initiatives of Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK, Taiwan and the US Open Science Grid. Stefan Schwarz (Institute of Microbiology and Epizootics, Freie Universität Berlin) is kindly acknowledged for offering strains FQR1-4 and we’re grateful to Peter Schwerk and Julian Brombach (Institute of Microbiology and Epizootics, Freie Universität Berlin) for glorious technical help. We accessed beamlines of the BESSY II (Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung II) storage ring (Berlin, Germany) through the Joint Berlin MX-Laboratory sponsored by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Max-Delbrück-Centrum, the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie and Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin. We’re grateful to Elvenstar’s Pukipon for the sort donation of cat whiskers. For mass spectrometry, we want to acknowledge the help of the Core Facility BioSupraMol.


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