Link to DOI – 10.1007/s12104-021-10045-4.
Biomol NMR Assign . 2021 Oct;15(2):455-459.
Type II secretion systems (T2SS) allow Gram-negative bacteria to transport toxins and enzymes from the periplasm to the external milieu, and are thus important for the pathogenicity of bacteria. To drive secretion, T2SS assemble filaments called pseudopili closely related to bacterial type IV pili. These filaments are non-covalent polymers of proteins that are assembled by an inner membrane complex called the assembly platform connected to a cytoplasmic ATPase motor. In the Klebsiella oxytoca T2SS, the PulL protein from the assembly platform is essential for pseudopilus assembly and protein secretion. However, its role in these processes is not well understood. To decipher the molecular basis of PulL function, we used solution NMR to study its structure and interactions with other components of the machinery. Here as a first step, we report the 1H, 15 N and 13C backbone and side-chain chemical shift assignments of the C-terminal periplasmic domain of PulL and its secondary structure based on NMR data.