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Mol Microbiol 2012 Oct;86(1):187-98

Deletion of mitochondrial associated ubiquitin fold modifier protein Ufm1 in Leishmania donovani results in loss of beta-oxidation of fatty acids and blocks cell division in the amastigote stage.

Gannavaram S, Connelly PS, Daniels MP, Duncan R, Salotra P, Nakhasi HL


Recently, we described the existence of the ubiquitin fold modifier 1 (Ufm1) and its conjugation pathway in Leishmania donovani. We demonstrated the conjugation of Ufm1 to proteins such as mitochondrial trifunctional protein (MTP) that catalyses beta-oxidation of fatty acids in L. donovani. To elucidate the biological roles of the Ufm1-mediated modifications, we made an L. donovani Ufm1 null mutant (Ufm1(-/-)). Loss of Ufm1 and consequently absence of Ufm1 conjugation with MTP resulted in diminished acetyl-CoA, the end-product of the beta-oxidation in the Ufm1(-/-) amastigote stage. The Ufm1(-/-) mutants showed reduced survival in the amastigote stage in vitro and ex vivo in human macrophages. This survival was restored by re-expression of wild-type Ufm1 with concomitant induction of acetyl-CoA but not by re-expressing the non-conjugatable Ufm1, indicating the essential nature of Ufm1 conjugation and beta-oxidation. Both cell cycle analysis and ultrastructural studies of Ufm1(-/-) parasites confirmed the role of Ufm1 in amastigote growth. The defect in vitro growth of amastigotes in human macrophages was further substantiated by reduced survival. Therefore, these studies suggest the importance of Ufm1 in Leishmania pathogenesis with larger impact on other organisms and further provide an opportunity to test Ufm1(-/-) parasites as drug and vaccine targets.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #22897198 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2012.08183.x
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2012-05-08 Entry Last Modified: 2013-05-14