Virulence role of the outer membrane protein CarO in carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii.

Abstract:

:Novel approaches to treat carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) infections are urgently needed and anti-virulence drugs represent promising alternatives, but our knowledge on potential targets is scarce. We searched for potential A. baumannii virulence factors by whole-genome sequencing-based comparisons of CRAB clinical isolates causing bloodstream infections secondary to ventilator-associated pneumonia from demographics and clinically homogeneous patients, who received optimal treatment but with different clinical outcomes. Thus, the carO gene was interrupted in CRAB isolates from surviving patients, while it was intact in isolates from non-surviving patients, and proteomic/immunoblot techniques corroborated it. When the virulence role of A. baumannii CarO was analyzed in model systems, isogenic ΔcarO mutants and a CRAB clinical isolate with truncated CarO, showed lower ability to adhere and invade A549 cells and in vivo virulence. This unnoticed virulence role for CarO postulate this A. baumannii outer membrane protein as a potential target for new therapies against CRAB infections.

journal_name

Virulence

journal_title

Virulence

authors

Labrador-Herrera G,Pérez-Pulido AJ,Álvarez-Marín R,Casimiro-Soriguer CS,Cebrero-Cangueiro T,Morán-Barrio J,Pachón J,Viale AM,Pachón-Ibáñez ME

doi

10.1080/21505594.2020.1855912

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2020-12-01 00:00:00

pages

1727-1737

issue

1

eissn

2150-5594

issn

2150-5608

journal_volume

11

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