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Reynolds L.A.,Infection and Evolution and Institute of Immunology and Infection Research | Smith K.A.,Infection and Evolution and Institute of Immunology and Infection Research | Filbey K.J.,Infection and Evolution and Institute of Immunology and Infection Research | Harcus Y.,Infection and Evolution and Institute of Immunology and Infection Research | And 5 more authors.
Gut microbes | Year: 2014

The intestinal microbiota are pivotal in determining the developmental, metabolic and immunological status of the mammalian host. However, the intestinal tract may also accommodate pathogenic organisms, including helminth parasites which are highly prevalent in most tropical countries. Both microbes and helminths must evade or manipulate the host immune system to reside in the intestinal environment, yet whether they influence each other's persistence in the host remains unknown. We now show that abundance of Lactobacillus bacteria correlates positively with infection with the mouse intestinal nematode parasite, Heligmosomoides polygyrus, as well as with heightened regulatory T cell (Treg) and Th17 responses. Moreover, H. polygyrus raises Lactobacillus species abundance in the duodenum of C57BL/6 mice, which are highly susceptible to H. polygyrus infection, but not in BALB/c mice, which are relatively resistant. Sequencing of samples at the bacterial gyrB locus identified the principal Lactobacillus species as L. taiwanensis, a previously characterized rodent commensal. Experimental administration of L. taiwanensis to BALB/c mice elevates regulatory T cell frequencies and results in greater helminth establishment, demonstrating a causal relationship in which commensal bacteria promote infection with an intestinal parasite and implicating a bacterially-induced expansion of Tregs as a mechanism of greater helminth susceptibility. The discovery of this tripartite interaction between host, bacteria and parasite has important implications for both antibiotic and anthelmintic use in endemic human populations.


Bidart G.N.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos | Rodriguez-Diaz J.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos | Rodriguez-Diaz J.,University of Valencia | Yebra M.J.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos
Applied and Environmental Microbiology | Year: 2016

Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are considered to play a key role in establishing and maintaining the infant gut microbiota. Lacto-N-triose forms part of both type 1 and type 2 HMOs and also of the glycan moieties of glycoproteins. Upstream of the previously characterized gene cluster involved in lacto-N-biose and galacto-N-biose metabolism from Lactobacillus casei BL23, there are two genes, bnaG and manA, encoding a β-N-acetylglucosaminidase precursor and a mannose-6-phosphate isomerase, respectively. In this work, we show that L. casei is able to grow in the presence of lacto-N-triose as a carbon source. Inactivation of bnaG abolished the growth of L. casei on this oligosaccharide, demonstrating that BnaG is involved in its metabolism. Interestingly, whole cells of a bnaG mutant were totally devoid of β-N-acetylglucosaminidase activity, suggesting that BnaG is an extracellular wall-attached enzyme. In addition to hydrolyzing lacto-N-triose into N-acetylglucosamine and lactose, the purified BnaG enzyme also catalyzed the hydrolysis of 3'-N-acetylglucosaminyl-mannose and 3'-N-acetylgalactosaminyl-galactose. L. casei can be cultured in the presence of 3'-N-acetylglucosaminyl-mannose as a carbon source, but, curiously, the bnaG mutant strain was not impaired in its utilization. These results indicate that the assimilation of 3'-N-acetylglucosaminyl-mannose is independent of BnaG. Enzyme activity and growth analysis with a manA-knockout mutant showed that ManA is involved in the utilization of the mannose moiety of 3'-N-acetylglucosaminyl-mannose. Here we describe the physiological role of a β-N-acetylglucosaminidase in lactobacilli, and it supports the metabolic adaptation of L. casei to the N-acetylglucosaminide-rich gut niche. © 2016, American Society for Microbiology.


Becerra J.E.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos | Coll-Marques J.M.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos | Rodriguez-Diaz J.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos | Rodriguez-Diaz J.,University of Valencia | And 2 more authors.
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology | Year: 2015

Fucosyl-N-acetylglucosamine disaccharides are important core structures that form part of human mucosal and milk glyco-complexes. We have previously shown that AlfB and AlfC α-L-fucosidases from Lactobacillus casei are able to synthesize fucosyl-α-1,3--N-acetylglucosamine (Fuc-α1,3-GlcNAc) and fucosyl-α-1,6-N-acetylglucosamine (Fuc-α1,6-GlcNAc), respectively, in transglycosylation reactions. Here, these reactions were performed in a semipreparative scale, and the produced disaccharides were purified. The maximum yields obtained of Fuc-α1,3-GlcNAc and Fuc-α1,6-GlcNAc were 4.2 and 9.3 g/l, respectively. The purified fucosyl-disaccharides were then analyzed for their prebiotic effect in vitro using strains from the Lactobacillus casei/paracasei/rhamnosus group and from Bifidobacterium species. The results revealed that 6 out of 11 L. casei strains and 2 out of 6 L. rhamnosus strains tested were able to ferment Fuc-α1,3-GlcNAc, and L. casei BL87 and L. rhamnosus BL327 strains were also able to ferment Fuc-α1,6-GlcNAc. DNA hybridization experiments suggested that the metabolism of Fuc-α1,3-GlcNAc in those strains relies in an α-L-fucosidase homologous to AlfB. Bifidobacterium breve and Bibidobacterium pseudocatenolatum species also metabolized Fuc-α1,3-GlcNAc. Notably, L-fucose was excreted from all the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains fermenting fucosyl-disaccharides, except from strains L. rhamnosus BL358 and BL377, indicating that in these latest strains, L-fucose was catabolized. The fucosyl-disaccharides were also tested for their inhibitory potential of pathogen adhesion to human colon adenocarcinoma epithelial (HT29) cell line. Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) strains isolated from infantile gastroenteritis were used, and the results showed that both fucosyl-disaccharides inhibited adhesion to different extents of certain EPEC strains to HT29 cells in tissue culture. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Rodriguez-Diaz J.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos | Rubio-del-Campo A.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos | Yebra M.J.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos
Biotechnology and Bioengineering | Year: 2012

UDP-sugars are used as glycosyl donors in many enzymatic glycosylation processes. In bacteria UDP-N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) is synthesized from fructose-6-phosphate by four successive reactions catalyzed by three enzymes: Glucosamine-6-phosphate synthase (GlmS), phosphoglucosamine mutase (GlmM), and the bi-functional enzyme glucosamine-1-phosphate acetyltransferase/N-acetylglucosamine-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (GlmU). In this work several metabolic engineering strategies, aimed to increment UDP-GlcNAc biosynthesis, were applied in the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus casei strain BL23. This strain does not produce exopolysaccharides, therefore it could be a suitable host for the production of oligosaccharides. The genes glmS, glmM, and glmU coding for GlmS, GlmM, and GlmU activities in L. casei BL23, respectively, were identified, cloned and shown to be functional by homologous over-expression. The recombinant L. casei strain over-expressing simultaneously the genes glmM and glmS showed a 3.47 times increase in GlmS activity and 6.43 times increase in GlmM activity with respect to the control strain. Remarkably, these incremented activities resulted in about fourfold increase of the UDP-GlcNAc pool. In L. casei BL23 wild type strain transcriptional analyses showed that glmM and glmU are constitutively transcribed. By contrast, glmS transcription is down-regulated with a 21-fold decrease of glmS mRNA in cells cultured with N-acetylglucosamine as the sole carbon source compared to cells cultured with glucose. Our results revealed for the first time that GlmS, GlmM, and GlmU are responsible for UDP-GlcNAc biosynthesis in lactobacilli. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Rodriguez-Diaz J.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos | Rubio-del-Campo A.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos | Yebra M.J.,Laboratorio Of Bacterias Lacticas Y Probioticos
Applied and Environmental Microbiology | Year: 2012

We have previously characterized from Lactobacillus casei BL23 three α-L-fucosidases, AlfA, AlfB, and AlfC, which hydrolyze in vitro natural fucosyl-oligosaccharides. In this work, we have shown that L. casei is able to grow in the presence of fucosyl-α-1,3-N-acetylglucosamine (Fuc-α-1,3-GlcNAc) as a carbon source. Interestingly, L. casei excretes the L-fucose moiety during growth on Fuc-α-1,3-GlcNAc, indicating that only the N-acetylglucosamine moiety is being metabolized. Analysis of the genomic sequence of L. casei BL23 shows that downstream from alfB, which encodes the α-L-fucosidase AlfB, a gene, alfR, that encodes a transcriptional regulator is present. Divergently from alfB, three genes, alfEFG, that encode proteins with homology to the enzyme IIAB (EIIAB), EIIC, and EIID components of a mannose-class phosphoenolpyruvate:sugar phosphotransferase system (PTS) are present. Inactivation of either alfB or alfF abolishes the growth of L. casei on Fuc-α-1,3-GlcNAc. This proves that AlfB is involved in Fuc-α-1,3-GlcNAc metabolism and that the transporter encoded by alfEFG participates in the uptake of this disaccharide. A mutation in the PTS general component enzyme I does not eliminate the utilization of Fuc-α-1,3-GlcNAc, suggesting that the transport via the PTS encoded by alfEFG is not coupled to phosphorylation of the disaccharide. Transcriptional analysis with alfR and ccpA mutants shows that the two gene clusters alfBR and alfEFG are regulated by substrate-specific induction mediated by the inactivation of the transcriptional repressor AlfR and by carbon catabolite repression mediated by the catabolite control protein A (CcpA). This work reports for the first time the characterization of the physiological role of an α-L-fucosidase in lactic acid bacteria and the utilization of Fuc-α-1,3-GlcNAc as a carbon source for bacteria. © 2012, American Society for Microbiology.

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