2MU4 : Structure of F. tularensis Virulence Determinant

  • James D. Zook (Contributor)
  • Gina Mo (Contributor)
  • Nicholas J. Sisco (Contributor)
  • Felicia M. Craciunescu (Contributor)
  • Debra T. Hansen (Contributor)
  • Bobby Baravati (Contributor)
  • Brian R. Cherry (Contributor)
  • Wade Van Horn (Contributor)
  • Petra Fromme (Contributor)



Experimental Technique/Method:SOLUTION NMR
Release Date:2015-06-10
Deposition Date:2014-09-03
Revision Date:2015-07-01
Molecular Weight:13275.46
Macromolecule Type:Protein
Residue Count:119
Atom Site Count:884

Tularemia is a potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by Francisella tularensis, and is endemic to North America and many parts of northern Europe and Asia. The outer membrane lipoprotein, Flpp3, has been identified as a virulence determinant as well as a potential subunit template for vaccine development. Here we present the first structure for the soluble domain of Flpp3 from the highly infectious Type A SCHU S4 strain, derived through high-resolution solution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy; the first structure of a lipoprotein from the genus Francisella. The Flpp3 structure demonstrates a globular protein with an electrostatically polarized surface containing an internal cavity-a putative binding site based on the structurally homologous Bet v1 protein family of allergens. NMR-based relaxation studies suggest loop regions that potentially modulate access to the internal cavity. The Flpp3 structure may add to the understanding of F. tularensis virulence and contribute to the development of effective vaccines.
Date made available2015

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