Type III secretion: a secretory pathway serving both motility and virulence (review)

Laure Journet, Kelly T Hughes, Guy R Cornelis

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    Abstract

    'Type III secretion' (T3S) refers to a secretion pathway that is common to the flagellae of eubacteria and the injectisomes of some gram-negative bacteria. Flagellae are rotary nanomachines allowing motility but they contain a built-in secretion apparatus that exports their own distal components to the distal end of the growing structure where they polymerize. In some cases they have been shown to export non-flagellar proteins. Injectisomes are transkingdom communication apparatuses allowing bacteria docked at the surface of a eukaryotic cell membrane to inject effector proteins across the two bacterial membranes and the eukaryotic cell membrane. Both nanomachines share a similar basal body embedded in the two bacterial membranes, topped either by a hook and a filament or by a stiff short needle. Both appear to be assembled in the same fashion. They recognize their substrate by a loose N-terminal peptide signal and the help of individual chaperones of a new type.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-50
    Number of pages10
    JournalMolecular membrane biology
    Volume22
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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