Structure and membrane affinity of a suite of amphiphilic siderophores produced by a marine bacterium.

TitleStructure and membrane affinity of a suite of amphiphilic siderophores produced by a marine bacterium.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMartinez JS, Carter-Franklin JN, Mann EL, Martin JD, Haygood MG, Butler A
JournalProc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Date Published2003 Apr 1
KeywordsBacteria, Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid, Molecular Conformation, Molecular Sequence Data, Molecular Structure, Oxazoles, Phylogeny, RNA, Bacterial, RNA, Ribosomal, Siderophores, Vibrio

Iron concentrations in the ocean are low enough to limit the growth of marine microorganisms, which raises questions about the molecular mechanisms these organisms use to acquire iron. Marine bacteria have been shown to produce siderophores to facilitate iron(III) uptake. We describe the structures of a suite of amphiphilic siderophores, named the amphibactins, which are produced by a nearshore isolate, gamma Proteobacterium, Vibrio sp. R-10. Each amphibactin has the same Tris-hydroxamate-containing peptidic headgroup composed of three ornithine residues and one serine residue but differs in the acyl appendage, which ranges from C-14 to C-18 and varies in the degree of saturation and hydroxylation. Although amphiphilic siderophores are relatively rare, cell-associated amphiphilic siderophores are even less common. We find that the amphibactins are cell-associated siderophores. As a result of the variation in the nature of the fatty acid appendage and the cellular location of the amphibactins, the membrane partitioning of these siderophores was investigated. The physiological mixture of amphibactins had a range of membrane affinities (3.8 x 10(3) to 8.3 x 10(2) M(-1)) that are larger overall than other amphiphilic siderophores, likely accounting for their cell association. This cell association is likely an important defense against siderophore diffusion in the oceanic environment. The phylogenetic affiliation of Vibrio sp. R-10 is discussed, as well as the observed predominance of amphiphilic siderophores produced by marine bacteria in contrast to those produced by terrestrial bacteria.

Alternate JournalProc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.
PubMed ID12651947
PubMed Central IDPMC152994
Grant ListGM38130 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States