Structural and mechanistic insights into the bacterial amyloid secretion channel CsgG.

Parveen Goyal, Petya V. Krasteva, Nani Van Gerven, Francesca Gubellini, Imke Van Den Broeck, Anastassia Troupiotis-Tsaïlaki, Wim Jonckheere, Gérard Péhau-Arnaudet, J. Pinkner, Matthew R. Chapman, S. Hultgren, Stefan Howorka, Rémi Fronzes, Han Karel Remaut

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Curli are functional amyloid fibres that constitute the major protein component of the extracellular matrix in pellicle biofilms formed by Bacteroidetes and Proteobacteria (predominantly of the ? and ? classes). They provide a fitness advantage in pathogenic strains and induce a strong pro-inflammatory response during bacteraemia. Curli formation requires a dedicated protein secretion machinery comprising the outer membrane lipoprotein CsgG and two soluble accessory proteins, CsgE and CsgF. Here we report the X-ray structure of Escherichia coli CsgG in a non-lipidated, soluble form as well as in its native membrane-extracted conformation. CsgG forms an oligomeric transport complex composed of nine anticodon-binding-domain-like units that give rise to a 36-stranded ?-barrel that traverses the bilayer and is connected to a cage-like vestibule in the periplasm. The transmembrane and periplasmic domains are separated by a 0.9-nm channel constriction composed of three stacked concentric phenylalanine, asparagine and tyrosine rings that may guide the extended polypeptide substrate through the secretion pore. The specificity factor CsgE forms a nonameric adaptor that binds and closes off the periplasmic face of the secretion channel, creating a 24,000 Å3 pre-constriction chamber. Our structural, functional and electrophysiological analyses imply that CsgG is an ungated, non-selective protein secretion channel that is expected to employ a diffusion-based, entropy-driven transport mechanism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-253
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2014


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