Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 11207601
Cell. Microbiol. 2000 Dec;2(6):465-76
Entry of the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes into non-phagocytic mammalian cells is mainly mediated by the InlB protein. Here we show that in the human epithelial cell line HEp-2, the invasion protein InlB activates sequentially a p85beta-p110 class I(A) PI 3-kinase and the phospholipase C-gamma1 (PLC-gamma1) without detectable tyrosine phosphorylation of PLC-gamma1. Purified InlB stimulates association of PLC-gamma1 with one or more tyrosine-phosphorylated proteins, followed by a transient increase in intracellular inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) levels and a release of intracellular Ca2+ in a PI 3-kinase-dependent manner. Infection of HEp-2 cells with wild-type L. monocytogenes bacteria also induces association of PLC-gamma1 with phosphotyrosyl proteins. This interaction is undetectable upon infection with a deltainlB mutant revealing an InlB specific signal. Interestingly, pharmacological or genetic inactivation of PLC-gamma1 does not significantly affect InlB-mediated bacterial uptake, suggesting that InlB-mediated PLC-gamma1 activation and calcium mobilization are involved in post-internalization steps.