A tailored phosphoaspartate probe unravels CprR as a response regulator inPseudomonas aeruginosainterkingdom signaling

Patrick W.A. Allihn, Mathias W. Hackl, Christina Ludwig, Stephan M. Hacker, Stephan A. Sieber

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Abstract

Pseudomonas aeruginosais a difficult-to-treat Gram-negative bacterial pathogen causing life-threatening infections. Adaptive resistance (AR) to cationic peptide antibiotics such as polymyxin B impairs the therapeutic success. This self-protection is mediated by two component systems (TCSs) consisting of a membrane-bound histidine kinase and an intracellular response regulator (RR). As phosphorylation of the key RR aspartate residue is transient during signaling and hydrolytically unstable, the study of these systems is challenging. Here, we apply a tailored reverse polarity chemical proteomic strategy to capture this transient modification and read-out RR phosphorylation in complex proteomes using a nucleophilic probe. In-depth mechanistic insights into an ideal trapping strategy were performed with a recombinant RR demonstrating the importance of fine-tuned acidic pH values to facilitate the attack on the aspartate carbonyl C-atom and prevent unproductive hydrolysis. Analysis ofBacillus subtilisandP. aeruginosaproteomes revealed the detection of multiple annotated phosphoaspartate (pAsp) sites of known RRs in addition to many new potential pAsp sites. With this validated strategy we dissected the signaling of dynorphin A, a human peptide stress hormone, which is sensed byP. aeruginosato prepare AR. Intriguingly, our methodology identified CprR as an unprecedented RR in dynorphin A interkingdom signaling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4763-4770
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Science
Volume12
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Apr 2021

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