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Visualizing the dynamics of exported bacterial proteins with the chemogenetic fluorescent reporter FAST.
Chekli, Yankel; Peron-Cane, Caroline; Dell'Arciprete, Dario; Allemand, Jean-François; Li, Chenge; Ghigo, Jean-Marc; Gautier, Arnaud; Lebreton, Alice; Desprat, Nicolas; Beloin, Christophe
journal article - 10(1) 15791 - 10.1038/s41598-020-72498-2 - 2020
Bacterial proteins exported to the cell surface play key cellular functions. However, despite the interest to study the localisation of surface proteins such as adhesins, transporters or hydrolases, monitoring their dynamics in live imaging remains challenging, due to the limited availability of fluorescent probes remaining functional after secretion. In this work, we used the Escherichia coli intimin and the Listeria monocytogenes InlB invasin as surface exposed scaffolds fused with the recently developed chemogenetic fluorescent reporter protein FAST. Using both membrane permeant (HBR-3,5DM) and non-permeant (HBRAA-3E) fluorogens that fluoresce upon binding to FAST, we demonstrated that fully functional FAST can be exposed at the cell surface and used to specifically tag the external side of the bacterial envelop in both diderm and monoderm bacteria. Our work opens new avenues to study the organization and dynamics of the bacterial cell surface proteins.
Fluorescent secreted bacterial effectors reveal active intravacuolar proliferation of Listeria monocytogenes in epithelial cells.
Peron-Cane, Caroline; Fernandez, José-Carlos; Leblanc, Julien; Wingertsmann, Laure; Gautier, Arnaud; Desprat, Nicolas; Lebreton, Alice
journal article - 16(10) e1009001 - 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009001 - 2020
Real-time imaging of bacterial virulence factor dynamics is hampered by the limited number of fluorescent tools suitable for tagging secreted effectors. Here, we demonstrated that the fluorogenic reporter FAST could be used to tag secreted proteins, and we implemented it to monitor infection dynamics in epithelial cells exposed to the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). By tracking individual FAST-labelled vacuoles after Lm internalisation into cells, we unveiled the heterogeneity of residence time inside entry vacuoles. Although half of the bacterial population escaped within 13 minutes after entry, 12% of bacteria remained entrapped over an hour inside long term vacuoles, and sometimes much longer, regardless of the secretion of the pore-forming toxin listeriolysin O (LLO). We imaged LLO-FAST in these long-term vacuoles, and showed that LLO enabled Lm to proliferate inside these compartments, reminiscent of what had been previously observed for Spacious Listeria-containing phagosomes (SLAPs). Unexpectedly, inside epithelial SLAP-like vacuoles (eSLAPs), Lm proliferated as fast as in the host cytosol. eSLAPs thus constitute an alternative replication niche in epithelial cells that might promote the colonization of host tissues.s.
Fluorescence-free quantification of protein/nucleic-acid binding through single-molecule kinetic locking
Martin Rieu; Valle-Orero, Jessica; Ducos, Bertrand; Allemand, Jean-François; Croquette, Vincent
bioRxiv - - 10.1101/2020.09.30.321232 - 2020
Fluorescence-free micro-manipulation of nucleic acids (NA) allows the functional characterization of DNA/RNA processing proteins, without the interference of labels, but currently fails to detect and quantify their binding. To overcome this limitation, we developed a new method based on single-molecule force spectroscopy, called kinetic locking, that allows a direct in vitro visualization of protein binding while avoiding any kind of chemical disturbance of the protein’s natural function. We validate kinetic locking by measuring accurately the hybridization energy of ultrashort nucleotides (5,6,7 bases) and use it to measure the dynamical interactions of E. coli RecQ helicase with its DNA substrate.Competing Interest StatementThe authors have declared no competing interest.
Performance evaluation of a MIP for the MISPE-LC determination of p-[18F]MPPF and a potential metabolite in human plasma
F.Lecomte J.Aerts Plenevaux .Defraiteur. Chapuis-Hugonc. Rozetd. Chiape. Luxen. Pichon, Ph.Huberta C.Huberta
ELSEVIER - 180 113015 - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpba.2019.113015 - 2020
The mapping of post-translational modifications (PTMs) of proteins can be addressed by bottom-up proteomics strategy using proteases to achieve the enzymatic digestion of the biomolecule. Glycosylation is one of the most challenging PTM to characterize due to its large structural heterogeneity. In this work, two Immobilized Enzyme Reactors (IMERs) based on trypsin and pepsin protease were used for the first time to fasten and improve the reliability of the specific mapping of the N-glycosylation heterogeneity of glycoproteins. The performance of the supports was evaluated with the digestion of human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone (hCG), a glycoprotein characterized by four N- and four O-glycosylation sites, prior to the analysis of the digests by nanoliquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (nanoLC-MS/MS). Firstly, the repeatability of the nanoLC-MS/MS was evaluated and a method to control the identification of the identified glycans was developed to validate them regarding the retention time of glycopeptides in reversed phase nanoLC separation. The repeatability of the digestion with trypsin-based IMER was evaluated on the same hCG batch and on three independent batches with common located glycans up to 75%. Then, the performance of the IMER digestions was compared to in-solution digestions to evaluate the qualitative mapping of the glycosylation. It has given rise to 42 out of 45 common glycans between both digestions modes. For the first time, the complementarity of trypsin and pepsin was illustrated for the glycosylation mapping as trypsin led to identifications on 2 out of 4 glycosylation site while pepsin was informative on the 4 glycosylation site. The potential of IMERs for the study of the glycosylation of a protein was illustrated with the comparison of two hCG-based drugs, Ovitrelle® and Pregnyl
Identification and semi-relative quantification of intact glycoforms by nano-LC–(Orbitrap)MS: application to the α-subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin and follicle-stimulating hormone
Amira Al Matari, Audrey Combès, Julien Camperi, Thierry Fournier, Valérie Pichon & Nathalie Delaunay
ELSEVIER - 412 5729–5741 - , 10.1007/s00216-020-02794-3 - 2020
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) belong to the family of glycoprotein polypeptide hormones called gonadotropins. They are heterodimers sharing the α-subunit structure that has 2 N-glycosylation sites. A method based on nano-reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry with an Orbitrap analyzer was developed for the first time to characterize the glycosylation state of the α-subunit at the intact level. A recombinant hCG-based drug, Ovitrelle®, was analyzed. This method combined with an appropriate data treatment allowed the detection of not only the major isoforms but also the minority ones with a high mass accuracy. More than 30 hCGα glycoforms were detected without overlapping of the isotopic patterns. The figures of merit of the method were assessed. The relative standard deviations (RSDs) of the retention time ranged between 0.1 and 6.08% (n = 3), with an average of 0.4%. The RSDs of the peak area measured on the extracted ion chromatogram of each glycoform are below 38% (n = 3), with an average of 16%, thus allowing semi-relative quantification. The ability to accurately profile glycosylated variants of hCGα was next demonstrated by comparing qualitatively and semi-quantitatively 3 batches of Ovitrelle®. The method was also used to analyze 3 batches of a recombinant FSH-based drug, Puregon®, and 30 FSHα glycoforms were detected and semi-quantified. This demonstrates the high potential of this method for fast quality control or comparison of the glycosylation of glycoprotein-based pharmaceutical preparations.
Identification and semi-relative quantification of intact glycoforms by nano-LC–(Orbitrap)MS: application to the α-subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin and follicle-stimulating hormone
Julien Camperi, Audrey Combès, Thierry Fournier, Valerie Pichon & Nathalie Delaunay
Research Paper - 412 4423–4432 - 10.1007/s00216-020-02684-8 - 2020
In the present work, the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone was characterized for the first time by hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) coupled to high-resolution (HR) quadrupole/time-of-flight (qTOF) mass spectrometry (MS) at the intact level. This heterodimeric protein, consisting of two subunits (hCGα and hCGβ), possesses 8 potential glycosylation sites leading to a high number of glycoforms and has a molecular weight of about 35 kDa. The HILIC conditions optimized in a first paper but using UV detection were applied here with MS for the analysis of two hCG-based drugs, a recombinant hCG and a hCG isolated from the urine of pregnant women. An amide column (150 × 2.1 mm, 2.6 μm, 150 Å), a mobile phase composed of acetonitrile and water both containing 0.1% of trifluoroacetic acid, and a temperature of 60 °C were used. The gradient was from 85 to 40% ACN in 30 min. The use of TFA that had been shown to be necessary for the separation of glycoforms caused, as expected, an ion suppression effect in MS that was partially overcome by increasing the amount of protein injected (2 μL at 1 mg mL−1) and reducing the detection m/z range (from 1500 to 300). These conditions allowed the detection of different glycoforms of hCGα. The performance of the HILIC-HRMS method was compared with that previously obtained in RPLC-HRMS in terms of the number of detected glycoforms, selectivity, and sensitivity. The complementarity and orthogonality of the HILIC and RP modes for the analysis of hCG at the intact level were demonstrated.
The impact of frost-damage on the quality and quantity of the secreted antigen-specific IgG repertoire
Author links open overlay panelMagdaRybczynskaaJeanBaudryaEyerKlaus
Vaccine - 38(33) 5337-5342 - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.05.066 - 2020
Freezing of alum-based vaccines drastically alters their colloidal composition and leads to irreversible cluster formation. The loss of stability is well described, but the impact of frost damage on the functionality of the induced and secreted antibody repertoire has not been studied in detail. We therefore applied our single-cell measurement platform to extract the frequencies of Immunoglobulin G-secreting cells in combination with individual secretion rates and affinities. We showed that, frost-damaged or not, the tested vaccine was able to generate similar frequencies of total and antigen-affine IgG-secreting cells. Additionally, the frost-damaged vaccine stimulated a similar T-cell cytokine secretion pattern when compared to the regularly stored vaccine. However, frost-damaged vaccines induced no efficient affinity maturation and a complete collapse of the affinity distribution was observed. This study unveiled the impact of frost-damage to alum-based vaccines on the induced secreted antibody repertoire, and illustrated the power of functional single-antibody analysis.

Dynamic single-cell phenotyping of immune cells using the microfluidic platform DropMap
Yacine Bounab, Klaus Eyer, Sophie Dixneuf, Magda Rybczynska, Cécile Chauvel, Maxime Mistretta, Trang Tran, Nathan Aymerich, Guilhem Chenon, Jean-François Llitjos, Fabienne Venet, Guillaume Monneret, Iain A. Gillespie, Pierre Cortez, Virginie Moucadel, Al
Nature Protocols - 15 2920–2955 - https://www.nature.com/articles/s41596-020-0354-0 - 2020
Characterization of immune responses is currently hampered by the lack of systems enabling quantitative and dynamic phenotypic characterization of individual cells and, in particular, analysis of secreted proteins such as cytokines and antibodies. We recently developed a simple and robust microfluidic platform, DropMap, to measure simultaneously the kinetics of secretion and other cellular characteristics, including endocytosis activity, viability and expression of cell-surface markers, from tens of thousands of single immune cells. Single cells are compartmentalized in 50-pL droplets and analyzed using fluorescence microscopy combined with an immunoassay based on fluorescence relocation to paramagnetic nanoparticles aligned to form beadlines in a magnetic field. The protocol typically takes 8–10 h after preparation of microfluidic chips and chambers, which can be done in advance. By contrast, enzyme-linked immunospot (ELISPOT), flow cytometry, time-of-flight mass cytometry (CyTOF), and single-cell sequencing enable only end-point measurements and do not enable direct, quantitative measurement of secreted proteins. We illustrate how this system can be used to profile downregulation of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) secretion by single monocytes in septic shock patients, to study immune responses by measuring rates of cytokine secretion from single T cells, and to measure affinity of antibodies secreted by single B cells.
The Quantitative Assessment of the Secreted IgG Repertoire after Recall to Evaluate the Quality of Immunizations
Klaus Eyer, Carlos Castrillon, Guilhem Chenon, Jérôme Bibette, Pierre Bruhns, Andrew D. Griffiths and Jean Baudry
The Journal of Immunology - 205 8 - DOI: https://doi.org/10.4049/jimmunol.2000112 - 2020
One of the major goals of vaccination is to prepare the body to rapidly secrete specific Abs during an infection. Assessment of the vaccine quality is often difficult to perform, as simple measurements like Ab titer only partly correlate with protection. Similarly, these simple measurements are not always sensitive to changes in the preceding immunization scheme. Therefore, we introduce in this paper a new, to our knowledge, method to assay the quality of immunization schemes for mice: shortly after a recall with pure Ag, we analyze the frequencies of IgG-secreting cells (IgG-SCs) in the spleen, as well as for each cells, the Ag affinity of the secreted Abs. We observed that after recall, appearance of the IgG-SCs within the spleen of immunized mice was fast (<24 h) and this early response was free of naive IgG-SCs. We further confirmed that our phenotypic analysis of IgG-SCs after recall strongly correlated with the different employed immunization schemes. Additionally, a phenotypic comparison of IgG-SCs presented in the spleen during immunization or after recall revealed similarities but also significant differences. The developed approach introduced a novel (to our knowledge), quantitative, and functional highly resolved alternative to study the quality of immunizations.
Optimised hyperbolic microchannels for the mechanical characterisation of bio-particles
Yanan Liu, Konstantinos Zografos, Joana Fidalgo, Charles Duchene, Clement Quintard, Thierry Darnige, Vasco Filipe, Sylvain Huille, Olivia du Roure, Monica S. N. Oliveira and Anke Lindner
Soft Matter - 16 9844 - DOI: 10.1039/d0sm01293a - 2020
The transport of bio-particles in viscous flows exhibits a rich variety of dynamical behaviour, such as
morphological transitions, complex orientation dynamics or deformations. Characterising such complex
behaviour under well controlled flows is key to understanding the microscopic mechanical properties of
biological particles as well as the rheological properties of their suspensions. While generating regions of
simple shear flow in microfluidic devices is relatively straightforward, generating straining flows in which
the strain rate is maintained constant for a sufficiently long time to observe the objects’ morphologic
evolution is far from trivial. In this work, we propose an innovative approach based on optimised design
of microfluidic converging–diverging channels coupled with a microscope-based tracking method to
characterise the dynamic behaviour of individual bio-particles under homogeneous straining flow.
The tracking algorithm, combining a motorised stage and a microscopy imaging system controlled by
external signals, allows us to follow individual bio-particles transported over long-distances with highquality
images. We demonstrate experimentally the ability of the numerically optimised microchannels
to provide linear velocity streamwise gradients along the centreline of the device, allowing for extended
consecutive regions of homogeneous elongation and compression. We selected three test cases (DNA,
actin filaments and protein aggregates) to highlight the ability of our approach for investigating dynamics
of objects with a wide range of sizes, characteristics and behaviours of relevance in the biological world

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