BBK32, a fibronectin binding MSCRAMM from Borrelia burgdorferi, contains a disordered region that undergoes a conformational change on ligand binding. Academic Article uri icon


  • BBK32 is a fibronectin-binding lipoprotein on Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. Analysis using secondary structure prediction programs suggested that BBK32 is composed of two domains, an N-terminal segment lacking well defined secondary structure and a C-terminal segment composed largely of alpha-helices. Analysis of purified recombinant forms of the two domains by circular dichroism spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography, and intrinsic viscosity determination were consistent with an N-terminal-extended, unstructured segment and a C-terminal globular domain in BBK32. Solid phase binding experiments suggest that the unstructured N-terminal domain binds fibronectin. Analysis of changes in circular dichroism spectra of the N-terminal segment of BBK32 upon binding of the N-terminal domain of fibronectin revealed an increase in beta-sheet content in the complex. Hence, BBK32, which belongs to a different family of proteins and shows no overall sequence similarity with the fibronectin binding MSCRAMMs (microbial surface components recognizing adhesive matrix molecules) of Gram-positive bacteria, binds fibronectin by a mechanism that is reminiscent of the "tandem beta-zipper" previously demonstrated for the fibronectin binding of streptococcal adhesins.

published proceedings

  • J Biol Chem

altmetric score

  • 6.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, J. H., Singvall, J., Schwarz-Linek, U., Johnson, B., Potts, J. R., & Höök, M

citation count

  • 59

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Jung Hwa||Singvall, Jenny||Schwarz-Linek, Ulrich||Johnson, Barbara JB||Potts, Jennifer R||Höök, Magnus

publication date

  • October 2004