Differences in virulence of pneumolysin and autolysin mutants constructed by insertion duplication mutagenesis and in-frame deletion in Streptococcus pneumoniae
© Liu et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
Received: 27 May 2013
Accepted: 4 February 2014
Published: 21 February 2014
Insertion duplication mutagenesis (IDM) and in-frame deletion (IFD) are common techniques for studying gene function, and have been applied to pneumolysin (ply), a virulence gene in Streptococcus pneumoniae (D39). Discrepancies in virulence between the two techniques were observed in both the previous and present studies. This phenomenon was also observed during mutation analysis of autolysin (lytA).
Our data showed that target gene restoration (TGR) occurred in IDM mutants, even in the presence of antibiotics, while the IFD mutants were stable. In PCR result, TGR occurred later in IDM-ply and -lytA mutants cultured in non-supplemented medium (4–5 h) compared with those grown in medium supplemented with erythromycin (erm)/chloramphenicol (cat) (3–4 h), but plateaued faster. Real-time PCR for detecting TGR had been performed. When compared with 8-h culture, TGR detection increased from Day 1 and Day 2 of IDM mutant’s culture. erm-sensitive clones from IDM mutant were found. Southern blot hybridization and Western blotting also confirmed the phenomenon of TGR. The median survival of mice following intraperitoneal (IP) injection with a 3-h culture of IDM-mutants was significantly longer than that with an 8-h culture, irrespective of antibiotic usage. The median survival time of mice following IP injection of a 3-h culture versus an 8-h culture of IDM-ply in the absence of antibiotics was 10 days versus 2 days (p = 0.031), respectively, while in the presence of erm, the median survival was 5 days versus 2.5 days (p = 0.037), respectively. For an IDM-lytA mutant, the corresponding values were 8.5 days versus 2 days (p = 0.019), respectively, for non-supplemented medium, and 2.5 versus 2 days (p = 0.021), respectively, in the presence of cat. A comparable survival rate was observed between WT D39 and an 8-h IDM culture.
TGR in IDM mutants should be monitored to avoid inconsistent results, and misinterpretation of data due to TGR could lead to important biological meaning being overlooked. Therefore, based on these results, IFD is preferable to IDM for disruption of target genes.
KeywordsInsertion duplication mutagenesis In-frame deletion Pneumolysin Autolysin Target gene restoration
In the past two decades, advances in gene manipulation technologies have been applied widely in different aspects of molecular research, and have been especially useful in the functional analysis of genes. The analysis of mutant organisms generated by molecular modification is important in determining the functions of the wild-type genes. Homologous recombination in bacterial systems is the main tool for investigation of gene function, and enables the generation of targeted mutants of almost any gene. These techniques have increased our ability to investigate the temporal control of gene knockdown, analyze mutations, and express proteins through targeted gene “knock in” into another gene. Other than transposon mutagenesis and site–specific mutations, two other methods are widely used for functional analysis of bacterial genes: insertion duplication mutagenesis (IDM) and in-frame deletion (IFD) [1–5]. Comparison of a parental bacterial strain and its isogenic knockdown (KD) or knockout (KO) mutant, generated using these techniques, may reveal its specific function.
IDM has been widely used in the study of virulence genes such as pneumolysin (ply) and autolysin (lytA) in Streptococcus pneumoniae[6–11]. In this method, a partial target gene is amplified and ligated into a vector with a resistance marker. The constructed plasmid containing the chimeric DNA sequence then undergoes homologous recombination with the target chromosomal region following transformation. Integration and linearization, followed by insertion of the complete plasmid into the target gene, occurs in a single crossover between the two homologous gene sequences. As a result, the function of the target gene is disrupted [10, 12].
The other approach is IFD, which is a replacement homologous recombination [8, 13]. Unlike IDM, in which the insertion construct is integrated into the homologous site of the target gene, IFD is preceded by a double cross-over event, leading to the complete replacement of the target gene. As a result, none of the sequence is duplicated in the recombinant, and the wild-type gene cannot be regenerated.
Although both methods, which have been widely used in virulence studies in S. pneumoniae, can achieve the goal of gene disruption, no studies have compared whether the experimental data produced by IDM are akin to that produced by IFD. In this study, the stability of IDM and IFD was evaluated. We also examined whether target gene restoration (TGR) could occur in either type of mutant.
Confirmation of S. pneumoniae IDM-ply and -lytAmutants
Primers used to assess and confirm the mutants for IDM- ply , IDM- lytA , IFD- ply , and IFD- lytA
PCR product size (bp)
Incorporation of pEVP3-chloramphenicol (cat), carrying a partial lytA sequence, into target chromosomal lytA by homologous recombination, generating a IDM-lytA mutant, was confirmed using three PCR primer sets (Table 1 and Figure 1B). DNA fragments were obtained from IDM-lytA using the lytA-P2/pEVP3-F and lytA-P1/pEVP3-R primer set. No DNA amplification was observed from IDM-lytA DNA using the lytA-P1/lytA-P2 primer set (Figure 2D). Positive DNA fragments were only obtained from WT D39 DNA using the lytA-P1/lytA-P2 primers, while no amplification was observed using the lytA-P1/pEVP3-R and lytA-P2/pEVP3-F primer sets (Figure 2C).
Confirmation of S. pneumoniae IFD-ply and -lytAmutants
Detection of TGR in IDM and IFD mutants by PCR
Validation of TGR from the results of previous PCR assay of IDM mutants by using real-time PCR assay, southern blot hybridization and western bloting
Effect of TGR on virulence of mutants in a mouse model of infection
Similarly, the median survival time of mice subjected to IP injection with 102 CFU of a 3-h culture of IDM-lytA was significantly longer than that following injection with the same amount of an 8-h IDM-lytA culture (8.5 vs. 2 days, p = 0.019 with no antibiotic; 2.5 vs. 2 days, p = 0.021 with cat) (Figure 8B). The survival rates for the two groups were 50% and 40%, respectively, at 14 days post-inoculation. None of the mice survived longer than 3 days post-inoculation with an 8-h culture of IDM-lytA. Like the IDM-ply mutant, the 3-h IDM-lytA culture had attenuated virulence in mice, demonstrated by a decreased mortality rate (p = 0.045 for non-supplemented BHI), when compared to the 8-h D39 culture. Overall, the 3-h IDM mutants were less virulent than the 8-h IDM mutants. The survival of mice injected with 8-h IDM-ply or -lytA culture was almost identical to that of mice injected with WT D39.
A search of the literature shows that IDM is still a commonly used method for gene KD , and has been used to study pneumolysin and autolysin in S. pneumoniae[15–17]. In the present study, TGR in IDM mutants caused by intra-chromosomal recombination of a mutated target gene, was confirmed and significantly affected lethality in mice. Selective antibiotic pressure minimized the extent of the TGR but could not completely eliminate the rearrangements. Higher concentrations of antibiotics could prohibit reversion, but the growth rate of the bacteria was significantly affected. Re-circularization of inserted sequence within the IDM mutants circumvents the antibiotic selection. This type of mutant maintains its antibiotic resistance but loses the KD function of the target gene. Following injection of these mutants into mice, antibiotic selective pressure is relaxed, leading to an increased chance of TGR. This event was observed in our animal study, in which TGR-D39-type ply and lytA gene sequences were detected at days 2 and 1 post-injection, respectively (Figure 7). This effect generated the discrepancy in pathogenicity and lethality in mice, and affects the interpretation of results in our study (Figure 8).
A previous study also showed decreased survival of mice injected IP with IDM-ply compared with those injected with IFD-ply. The median survival times of mice injected with IDM-ply (“PLN-A”) and IFD-ply (“ΔPly”) were 2.8 and 13.8 days, respectively, with a p-value of 0.04 (log-rank survival test), suggesting that the IDM-ply mutants were significantly different from the IFD-ply mutants, and were more virulent. Polar effects of the pVA891-mediated IDM event, along with toxicity of truncated pneumolysin polypeptides or fusion proteins resulting from insertion of the plasmid sequences into the ply gene cannot be excluded . Our data proved that the relatively greater virulence of the IDM mutants in the mouse model may also due to TGR. The restoration of the WT gene is not specific to ply or plasmid pVA891, as it also occurred with the virulence gene lytA and plasmid pEVP3. We have previously observed this phenomenon in Gram-negative bacteria when we applied IDM to KD ompK36, an outer membrane porin gene of Klebsiella pneumoniae. Nonetheless, this gene restoration effect is not common to all genes. No target gene restoration was observed in IDM-wzyKPK1, a capsule synthesis polymerase gene in K. pneumoniae. Our PCR analysis of TGR of lytA IDM mutants showed that TGR could be detected at as early as 3-h post-inoculation, supporting the discrepancy in results when an 8-h culture was selected for injection. Our study of lethality showed that the median survival time (2 days) of mice when using the 8-h IDM mutants was comparable to direct IP injection of the original D39 strain. We postulated that the IDM mutants could revert to their parental characteristics, resulting in WT levels of virulence (Figure 8).
Based on our previous experience with IDM-ompK36, TGR most likely occurred at a certain time during culture in broth medium, and the effect would not be detectable at culture times of less than 2 h . However, the consequence of not using serial passages of such mutants has given rise to huge inconsistencies in the data. Because the growth rate of S. pneumoniae is significantly slower than many other Gram-positive bacteria in culture media, the problems associated with the unstable mutation become substantial when attempting to generate a considerable concentration of the mutant. Although this difficulty can be overcome by PCR confirmation prior to the use of cultured mutants in each experiment, it becomes labor intensive in in vivo studies.
In addition to the other known defects of IDM methods, TGR should be confirmed to avoid inconsistent results prior to interpretation and reporting. Misinterpretation of data due to TGR may have contributed to important biological meaning being overlooked. If inconsistencies are observed in IDM-related experimental data, previous data should be retrieved and examined for the possibility of TGR. However, the polar effect, truncated target polypeptides or fusion proteins resulting from insertion of the plasmid sequences of IDM are always the consideration of this method even TGR will not be occurred. The use of IFD to generate mutants in both our previous work  and the present study has given consistent data for both in vitro and in vivo experiments.
IFD is a superior KD method compared with IDM, as it produces more stable clones, even though the success rate is lower.
Capsular type 2 S. pneumoniae strain D39 and a derivative of the D39 pneumolysin knock down mutant (IDM-ply), originally described by Berry et al.  and constructed using IDM with a defined truncation in the pneumolysin gene (Figure 1A), were kindly provided by Dr. David Briles, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, USA .
Construction of the autolysin KD mutant (IDM-lytA) by IDM
The lytA mutant was constructed by IDM (Figure 1B). A 546-bp DNA fragment of the autolysin gene was PCR-amplified from D39 using the primer set lytA-s1/lytA-s2 (Table 1). PCR amplification was performed in a DNA thermal cycler (Perkin-Elmer Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA) in a 50-μl mixture containing Phusion HotStar High-Fidelity DNA polymerase, 200 μM deoxynucleotide triphosphates (GeneTeks BioScience, Taipei, Taiwan), and 0.6 μM of each oligonucleotide primer in 1× Phusion HF buffer. Template DNA (20 ng) was added to 48 μl of the master mix. The amplification profile included an initial denaturation step at 98°C for 30 s, followed by 35 cycles of 98°C for 10 s, 58°C for 10 s, and 72°C for 1 min, and a final extension of 72°C for 10 min. The suicide vector pEVP3  was separately digested by SmaI (New England Biolabs, Ipswich, MA, USA). The pEVP3/SmaI digest was treated with calf intestinal alkaline phosphatase (New England Biolabs), and then ligated with the blunt-ended amplicons using T4 DNA ligase (New England Biolabs) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transformation and homologous recombination were performed as previously described . WT D39 competent cells were used as the recipient cells. Mutants with plasmid integrated into lytA were selected on agar plates containing 3 μg ml-1 cat (Figure 1B) .
Verification of the IDM-ply and -lytA S. pneumoniaemutants
To confirm the successful generation of ply and lytA knockdown mutants by the IDM technique, PCR amplification of the target sequences was performed. The primers used and predicted sizes of the PCR products of the two IDM mutants are listed in Table 1, and are shown in Figure 1A and B. For IDM-ply, three sets of primers were used to verify the parental and the mutant strains: (1) ply-P1/ply-P2, (2) ply-P2/pVA891-F, and (3) ply-P1/pVA891-R. Similarly, three primer sets were used to verify the IDM-lytA strain: (1) lytA-P1/lytA-P2, (2) lytA-P2/pEVP3-F, and (3) lytA-P1/pEVP3-R.
Construction and verification of IFD-ply and -lytAmutants
To construct the IFD mutants IFD-ply and -lytA of D39, overlap extension PCR was used to generate a linear DNA fragment containing the 5′ and 3′ flanking regions of ply or lytA (Figure 3A and B) [25, 26]. Primers used to generate the DNA fragments are shown in Table 1, and the IFD mutants are shown in Figure 3A and B. Following PCR confirmation of the desired linear DNA fragments consisting of the flanking regions of ply or lytA, homologous recombination was performed using the IDM-ply and -lytA mutants as recipients. Transformation and homologous recombination for IFD were performed as previously described  (Figure 3A and B). Selection of IFD mutants was performed using blood agar plates with decreasing concentrations of erm for ply or cat for lytA, and increasing concentrations of ampicillin .
To confirm the IFD-ply and -lytA mutants were successfully obtained, PCR amplification of the target sequence was performed. Two pairs of primers, ply-P1/ply-P2 and lyt-P1/lytA-P2, were used to verify IFD-ply and -lytA, respectively. The predicted sizes of the amplicons are listed in Table 1.
In vitroevaluation of TGR from the IDM or IFD mutant strains
To evaluate TGR, a single colony of each of the IDM mutants, picked from Muller-Hinton agar (MHA) plates supplemented with 5% defibrinated sheep blood and 2.5 μg ml-1 erm for the IDM-ply mutant or 3 μg ml-1 cat for IDM-lytA, was simultaneously incubated in 20 ml non-selective BHI medium, to mimic in vivo conditions in mice, and in 20 ml BHI with the corresponding antibiotic to compare differences in the rates of TGR. All cultures were incubated at 37°C in 5% CO2. Samples were collected hourly from each culture over an 8-h period, beginning at 3 h post-inoculation. Genomic DNA was extracted from these samples using a Gentra Puregene DNA Purification Kit (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany). PCR detection of IDM and IFD mutants was performed immediately after sub-culturing of the mutants into BHI broth to confirm that there was no contamination with the WT D39 in the culture. The primers used to confirm the IDM and IFD mutants are listed in Table 1.
The rate of TGR was measured by semi-quantitative PCR, in which 20 ng of each template DNA was used for each measurement. The glucose kinase gene (gki) was used as an internal control and was amplified by primers gki-up and gki-dn (Table 1). Fold change represents the ratio of band intensity of ply or lytA having been reverted by TGR at different time points (T), divided by that of gki at the same time point, against the aforementioned ratio of the genes at the earliest time of TGR detection [(plyT/gkiT)/ (plyearliest time/gkiearliest time)]. To ensure no WT D39 contamination, PCR amplification of ply and lytA was performed concomitantly following sub-culturing of IDM and IFD mutants in BHI broth.
Validation of TGR from the results of previous PCR assay of IDM mutants by using real-time PCR assay, southern blot hybridization and western blotting
For Real time PCR assay, the 8-h culture, Day 1 and Day 2 culture of IDM-ply, cultured as previously mentioned, were collected. RNA was extracted by RNeasy® plus mini kit (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) and then were converted to cDNA by SuperScipt® III First-strand Synthesis (Life Technologies). qPCR were performed by Step One™ Step One Plus™ 7500 Fast AB Biosystems and Fast SYPR Green Master Mix (Applied Biosystems, USA) and each samples were run in triplicate. Primers ply-F91 and ply-R1070 were used to detect the TGR ply whilst endogenous gki were detected by gki-F603 and gki-R791 (Table 1).
In Southern blotting, IDM-ply growth from different time points were collected. Serial dilution of the cultures were spread to BA to eneumate the viable colonies. Replica-plating with agar with and without erm were performed to select the colony with TGR of WT ply.
Southern blotting were performed similar as Ma L et al. . Briefly, 10 μg of genomic DNA from D39 and TGR strain were extracted by Gentra Puregene Yeast/Bact. Kit (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) and were then digested by ClaI (New England Biolabs, Ipswich, MA, USA) according to the manufactures’ instruction. Samples were electrophoresed on an 0.8% agarose, which was then denatured and neutralized. Their DNA fragments were then transferred to a nylon membrane (PerkinElmer). Digoxigenin (DIG)-labeled probe ply-pb, synthesized by PCR amplification of ply-pbF and ply-pbR, were hybridized to the membrane and detected by DIG-luminescent detection kit (Roche, Mannheim Germany) (Table 1). If positive signal will be observed at 5 kb, TGR of full length of ply existed. In contrast, band showed at 7 kb indicating an IDM-ply mutant.
For the determination of protein expression of ply, the expression of WT PLY from IDM-ply mutants was checked by blotting of rabbit polyclonal pneumolysin antibody (abcam, ab71811, Cambridge, UK). Western blotting was done according to the method used by Waltman WD et al. . Briefly, the 8-h of IDM-ply culture were harvested after overnight pneumococci grown from 5% blood agar with erm was adjusted to OD600 0.05 in 20 ml BHI broth at 37°C and 5% CO2 for eight hours until its OD600 equals to 0.35. Day 1 culture was obtained after adjusting the same OD600 0.05 through inoculation the 8-h culture into another 20 ml BHI broth and was incubated at the same condition overnight. Cultures, centrifuged at 4000 rpm for 15 min, was washed twice with phosphate buffered saline (PBS), pH7.2. The pellet was then incubated with 200 μl lysis buffer with 100X Halt protease and phosphatase inhibitor Cocktail (Thermo Scientific, USA) at 37°C for 30 min. and sonicated to obtain the lysate. 40 μg protein in each lysates, measured by BCA method (Thermo scientific, USA), was run in a 10% SDS-PAGE and subsequently overlaid with a 0.2 μm PDVF membrane. Immobilon-PDVF membrane which was run by 100 mA for 1 hour and 20 min was blocked with 5% skim milk for 1 h at room temperature. Rabbit polyclonal pneumolysin antibody (1:2000) (Abcam, Cambridge, UK) was shaken overnight at 4°C. Goat polyclonal to rabbit IgG (HRP) antibody was used as secondary antibody (1:10000) was agitated for 1 hr at RT. WesternBright ECL reagent (Adansta, CA, USA) was used to detect WT PLY.
Evaluation of in vivoTGR in mice
In the in vivo analyses, 3-h cultures of 102–104 CFU of IDM-ply and IDM-lytA cultivated in BHI with and without antibiotics were injected intraperitoneally into five male 6-week-old BALB/c mice (National Laboratory Animal Center, Taiwan). Mice showing signs of illness at 10 min, 1 day, and 2 days were selected and sacrificed. Blood and liver samples were collected aseptically and DNA was then extracted using a DNeasy Blood and Tissue Kit (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany). Twenty nanograms of DNA from each sample were used as template in PCR analyses to detect intact ply or lytA, indicating TGR. The respective IDM-ply and –lytA genes were also amplified as controls and used for relative quantification. All animal experiments were approved by the Institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) of National Health Research Institutes (NHRI-IACUC-101078-A) and were carried out according to their guidelines.
Effect of TGR on virulence in mice
To assess the effect of TGR on lethality in mice, 3-h and 8-h cultures of IDM mutants, incubated in the same liquid media as that used in the in vivo study, were investigated. D39 was used as the control. Ten-milliliter and 1-ml aliquots from 3-h and 8-h IDM cultures, respectively, were centrifuged and then washed with ice-cold phosphate buffered saline (PBS). Pellets were suspended in 300 μl of PBS. Ten 6–8-week-old male BALB/c mice were injected IP with approximately 102 CFU of each culture and then monitored for 14 days. Differences in survival among IDM mutants were analyzed at two time points using a log-rank test in SigmaStat 3.5 software (SPSS, Chicago, IL, USA).
Insertion duplication mutagenesis
Target gene restoration
Quantitative polymerase chain reaction
Glucose kinase gene
Brain heart infusion
Institutional animal care and use committee
Phosphate buffered saline.
We sincerely thank Dr. David Briles (Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA) for providing us with S. pneumoniae strain D39 and the IDM-ply mutant, as well as Dr. Don Morrison (UIC Biological Sciences, Chicago, IL, USA) for providing us with the suicide vector pEVP3.
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