Exploring the Biology and Structural Architecture of Sortase Role on Biofilm Formation in Gram Positive Pathogens

Author(s): Chandrabose Selvaraj*, Ramanathan Bharathi Priya, Sanjeev Kumar Singh*

Journal Name: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 18 , Issue 29 , 2018

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Gram-positive bacteria signify a surface organelle that decorates the cell surfaces using Sortase enzymes. The mechanism of SrtC links to the formation of amide or peptide bonds between cell surface proteins that sorting signal to strategically positioned amino groups. Sorting signals linked to peptidoglycan function as the principal architects of the cell wall and facilitate each microbe to effectively interact with its host environment. These enzymes play a fundamental role in microbial physiology and interestingly, sequence analysis on Gram-positive bacteria implies that approximately 60% of sortases are categorized into six families, and from that SrtA and SrtC are widely investigated in various literature. Sortase felicitates several functions that include adhesins, internalin’s, blood clotting, immune evasion factors and transporters for nutrients across the microbial cell wall envelope. Recent evidence has proved that removal of Sortase genes tends to loss of host cell adhesion mechanism and inhibition of Biofilms. So that, blocking the Sortase enzyme is a powerful target and due to the receptor availability in all Gram-positive types, it is so called as a universal drug target for gram-positive pathogens. Sortase enzymes have been intensely studied for anti-infective studies and this review focus the mechanisms of surface protein anchoring to the cell wall envelope by sortases and highlight how it plays a strong role as a drug target.

Keywords: SrtA, Biofilm, Gram positive, Bacterial pathogens, Sortase, Drug target, Surface proteins.

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Year: 2018
Published on: 12 February, 2019
Page: [2462 - 2480]
Pages: 19
DOI: 10.2174/1568026619666181130133916
Price: $65

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