DOI: 10.1101/483339Nov 29, 2018Paper

Flagellar stators stimulate c-di-GMP production by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
Amy E BakerGeorge A O'Toole


Flagellar motility is critical for surface attachment and biofilm formation in many bacteria. A key regulator of flagellar motility in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other microbes is cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP). High levels of this second messenger repress motility and stimulate biofilm formation. C-di-GMP levels regulate motility in P. aeruginosa in part by influencing the localization of its two flagellar stator sets, MotAB and MotCD. Here we show that just as c-di-GMP can influence the stators, stators can impact c-di-GMP levels. We demonstrate that the swarming motility-driving stator MotC physically interacts with the transmembrane region of the diguanylate cyclase SadC. Furthermore, we demonstrate that this interaction is capable of stimulating SadC activity. We propose a model by which the MotCD stator set interacts with SadC to stimulate c-di-GMP production in conditions not permissive to motility. This regulation implies a positive feedback loop in which c-di-GMP signaling events cause MotCD stators to disengage from the motor; then disengaged stators stimulate c-di-GMP production to reinforce a biofilm mode of growth. Our studies help define the bidirectional interactions between c-di-GMP and the motility machinery.

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Cell Motility
Enzyme Repression
Guanosine Monophosphate
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
bis(3',5')-cyclic diguanylic acid
Diguanylate cyclase
MotC protein, Rhizobium meliloti
Zone of Cilium
Biofilm Formation

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