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|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Other Biosynthesis → Autoinducer Biosynthesis|
Expected Taxonomic Range: Vibrionales
Cell-cell communication in bacteria is accomplished through the exchange of extracellular signalling molecules called autoinducers. This process, termed quorum sensing, allows bacterial populations to coordinate gene expression as a function of cell density. Many processes benefit from community cooperation, including bioluminescence, virulence factor expression, antibiotic production and biofilm development.
One of the main families of bacterial autoinducers is known as AI-2, for autoinducer 2. AI-2 was first described as an extracellular signal produced by the marine bacterium Vibrio harveyi to control luciferase expression [Bassler94, Surette99]. However, it was eventually found to be produced by a remarkably wide variety of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, leading to the proposal that AI-2 is a 'universal' signal, which functions in interspecies cell-to-cell communication [Miller01a, Rezzonico08].
The precursor of AI-2, (S)-4,5-dihydroxypentan-2,3-dione, is synthesized by the enzyme S-ribosylhomocysteine lyase, in a reaction that is also a step in the S-adenosyl-L-methionine cycle I pathway (SAM cycle). The enzyme converts S-ribosyl-L-homocysteine to L-homocysteine in a reaction that also produces (S)-4,5-dihydroxypentan-2,3-dione. Within the SAM cycle, the main product of the enzyme is the former compound. However, in organisms that produce an AI-2 autoinducer, (S)-4,5-dihydroxypentan-2,3-dione is of major importance as it appears to be the last enzyme-generated precursor for AI-2, and is converted to the functional autoinducer in a series of chemical modifications without the help of any known enzyme.
The exact nature of the chemical transformations depends on the species. In Vibrionales the spontaneous transformations include cyclyzation to (2S,4S)-2-methyl-2,4-dihydroxydihydrofuran-3-one, hydration to (2S,4S)-2-methyl-2,3,3,4-tetrahydroxytetrahydrofuran, and finally, in the presence of free borate ions, complexation with the later to form the active autoinducer, (2S,4S)-2-methyl-2,3,3,4-tetrahydroxytetrahydrofuran-borate [Chen02j, Rezzonico08]. This particular form of the autoinducer appears to be unique to Vibrionales, which detect it using dedicated AI-2 receptors encoded by the luxP and luxQ genes [Bassler94, Reading06].
Other bacteria that produce AI-2 utilize a different form of the autoinducer. In those organisms (S)-4,5-dihydroxypentan-2,3-dione appears to form a different stereoisomer, namely (2R,4S)-2-methyl-2,4-dihydroxydihydrofuran-3-one, which does not complex borate [Miller04b] (see autoinducer AI-2 biosynthesis I). The mechanism that controls which stereoisomer is formed is still not understood.
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