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Modulation of bacterial multicellularity via spatio-specific polysaccharide secretion


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Islam, Salim Timo ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6853-8446; Vergara Alvarez, israel; Saidi, Fares; Giuseppi, Annick; Vinogradov, Evgeny; Sharma, Gaurav; Espinosa, Léon; Morrone, Castrese; Brasseur, Gael; Guillemot, Jean-Francois; Benarouche, Anais; Bridot, Jean-Luc; Ravicoularamin, Gokulakrishnan; Cagna, Alain; Gauthier, Charles ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2475-2050; Singer, Mitchell; Fierobe, Henri-Pierre; Mignot, Tam et Mauriello, Emilia M.F. (2020). Modulation of bacterial multicellularity via spatio-specific polysaccharide secretion PLoS Biology , vol. 18 , nº 6:e30007. pp. 1-31. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000728.

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The development of multicellularity is a key evolutionary transition allowing for differentiation of physiological functions across a cell population that confers survival benefits; among unicellular bacteria, this can lead to complex developmental behaviors and the formation of higher-order community structures. Herein, we demonstrate that in the social delta-proteobacterium Myxococcus xanthus, the secretion of a novel biosurfactant polysaccharide (BPS) is spatially modulated within communities, mediating swarm migration as well as the formation of multicellular swarm biofilms and fruiting bodies. BPS is a type IV pilus (T4P)-inhibited acidic polymer built of randomly acetylated beta-linked tetrasaccharide repeats. Both BPS and exopolysaccharide (EPS) are produced by dedicated Wzx/Wzy-dependent polysaccharide-assembly pathways distinct from that responsible for spore-coat assembly. While EPS is preferentially produced at the lower-density swarm periphery, BPS production is favored in the higher-density swarm interior; this is consistent with the former being known to stimulate T4P retraction needed for community expansion and a function for the latter in promoting initial cell dispersal. Together, these data reveal the central role of secreted polysaccharides in the intricate behaviors coordinating bacterial multicellularity.

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Centre: Centre INRS-Institut Armand Frappier
Date de dépôt: 20 juill. 2021 04:12
Dernière modification: 15 févr. 2022 17:31
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/11607

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