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Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol. | doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2019.00398

Group A Streptococcus NAD-glycohydrolase inhibits caveolin 1-mediated internalization into human epithelial cells

  • 1Department of Microbiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan
  • 2School of Life Dentistry, Nippon Dental University, Japan

Group A Streptococcus (GAS) invades into epithelial cells for persistent infection. GAS has a variety of effector proteins that modulate host systems for their survival in host environments. The main effector proteins of GAS are NAD-glycohydrolase (Nga) and streptolysin O (SLO). Although Nga has NADase activity and shows SLO-dependent cytotoxicity, some clinical isolates harbor NADase-inactive subtypes of Nga, and the function of NADase-inactive Nga is still unclear. In this study, we found that the deletion of nga enhanced the internalization of GAS into HeLa and Ca9-22 cells. Amino acid substitution of Nga R289K/G330D (NADase-inactive) did not enhance GAS invasion, suggesting that Nga may inhibit the internalization of GAS into host cells in a NADase-independent manner. Moreover, double deletion of slo and nga showed similar invasion percentages compared with wild-type GAS, indicating the important role of SLO in the inhibition of GAS invasion by Nga. Furthermore, enhanced internalization of the nga deletion mutant was not observed in Cav1-knockout HeLa cells. Taken together, these findings demonstrated an unrecognized NADase-independent function of Nga as a negative regulator of CAV1-mediated internalization into epithelial cells.

Keywords: Group A Streptoccocus, internalization, CAV1 (caveolin-1), NAD-glycohydrolase, Streptolysin O (SLO)

Received: 15 Feb 2019; Accepted: 06 Nov 2019.

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* Correspondence: Prof. Ichiro Nakagawa, Department of Microbiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto, 606-8501, Kyōto, Japan,