Novel fold and assembly of the repetitive B region of the Staphylococcus aureus collagen-binding surface protein. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: [corrected] The Staphylococcus aureus collagen-binding protein Cna mediates bacterial adherence to collagen. The primary sequence of Cna has a non-repetitive collagen-binding A region, followed by the repetitive B region. The B region has one to four 23 kDa repeat units (B(1)-B(4)), depending on the strain of origin. The affinity of the A region for collagen is independent of the B region. However, the B repeat units have been suggested to serve as a 'stalk' that projects the A region from the bacterial surface and thus facilitate bacterial adherence to collagen. To understand the biological role of these B-region repeats we determined their three-dimensional structure. RESULTS: B(1) has two domains (D(1) and D(2)) placed side-by-side. D(1) and D(2) have similar secondary structure and exhibit a unique fold that resembles but is the inverse of the immunoglobulin-like (IgG-like) domains. Comparison with similar immunoglobulin superfamily (IgSF) structures shows novel packing arrangements between the D(1) and D(2) domains. In the B(1)B(2) crystal structure, an omission of a single glycine residue in the D(2)-D(3) linker loop, compared to the D(1)-D(2) and D(3)-D(4) linker loops, resulted in projection of the D(3) and D(4) in a spatially new orientation. We also present a model for B(1)B(2)B(3)B(4). CONCLUSIONS: The B region of the Cna collagen adhesin has a novel fold that is reminiscent of but is inverse in nature to the IgG fold. This B region assembly could effectively provide the needed flexibility and stability for presenting the ligand binding A region away from the bacterial cell surface.

published proceedings

  • Structure

altmetric score

  • 12

author list (cited authors)

  • Deivanayagam, C. C., Rich, R. L., Carson, M., Owens, R. T., Danthuluri, S., Bice, T., Hk, M., & Narayana, S. V.

citation count

  • 141

complete list of authors

  • Deivanayagam, CC||Rich, RL||Carson, M||Owens, RT||Danthuluri, S||Bice, T||Höök, M||Narayana, SV

publication date

  • January 2000