Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.515, No.4, 712-718, 2019
CagW, a VirB6 homologue interacts with Cag-type IV secretion system substrate CagA in Helicobacter pylori
Protein translocating Cag type IV secretion system of Helicobacter pylori is a diverse multi-protein complex. Here, we have characterized one of its key subunit CagW to identify its interacting partners. Our results demonstrate for the first time that this VirB6 homologue interacts with the substrate of the secretion system CagA. CagW forms multimer and its absence affects cellular levels of pilus forming components, CagL, Cagl and CagH. Our results support the notion that the protein is essential for the transport of CagA across the bacterial membrane barrier and would aid in improving our understanding of structural and functional aspects of the inner membrane part of Cag-T4SS channel complex for the passage of substrate CagA. (C) 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.