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Involvement of TIP60 acetyltransferase in intracellular Salmonella replication

Xueqin Wang1, Dongju Li1, Di Qu1 and Daoguo Zhou12*

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1 Department of Molecular Virology, Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University, Shanghai 200032, P.R. China

2 Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

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BMC Microbiology 2010, 10:228  doi:10.1186/1471-2180-10-228

Published: 26 August 2010



Salmonella enterica is a facultative intracellular pathogen that replicates within a membrane-bound compartment termed Salmonella containing vacuole (SCV). The biogenesis of SCV requires Salmonella type III protein secretion/translocation system and their effector proteins which are translocated into host cells to exploit the vesicle trafficking pathways. SseF is one of these effectors required for SCV formation and Intracellular Salmonella replication through unknown mechanisms.


In an attempt to identify host proteins that interact with SseF, we conduct a yeast two-hybrid screening of human cell cDNA library using SseF as the bait. We identified that TIP60, an acetyltransferase, interacts with SseF. We showed that the TIP60 acetylation activity was increased in the presence of SseF, and TIP60 was upregulated upon Salmonella infection. In addition, TIP60 is required for efficient intracellular Salmonella replication in macrophages.


Taken together, our data suggest that Salmonella may use SseF to exploit the host TIP60 acetyltransferase activity to promote efficient Salmonella replication inside host cells.