Structure and dynamics of FosA-mediated fosfomycin resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli.

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TitleStructure and dynamics of FosA-mediated fosfomycin resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsKlontz, EH, Tomich, AD, Günther, S, Lemkul, JA, Deredge, D, Silverstein, Z, Shaw, JAF, McElheny, C, Doi, Y, Wintrode, P, Mackerell, AD, Sluis-Cremer, N, Sundberg, EJ
JournalAntimicrob Agents Chemother
Date Published2017 Sep 05

Fosfomycin exhibits broad-spectrum antibacterial activity, and is being re-evaluated for the treatment of extensively drug-resistant pathogens. Its activity in Gram-negatives, however, can be compromised by expression of FosA, a metal-dependent transferase that catalyzes the conjugation of glutathione to fosfomycin, rendering the antibiotic inactive. In this study, we solved the crystal structures of two of the most clinically relevant FosA enzymes: plasmid-encoded FosA3 from Escherichia coli and chromosomally-encoded FosA from Klebsiella pneumoniae (FosA(KP)). The structure, molecular dynamics, catalytic activity, and fosfomycin resistance of FosA3 and FosA(KP) were also compared to FosA from Pseudomonas aeruginosa (FosA(PA)), for which prior crystal structures exist. Escherichia coli TOP10 transformants expressing FosA3 and FosA(KP) conferred significantly greater fosfomycin resistance (MIC, >1,024 μg/ml) compared to FosA(PA) (MIC, 16 μg/ml), which could be explained in part by the higher catalytic efficiencies of the FosA3 and FosA(KP) enzymes. Interestingly, these differences in enzyme activity could not be attributed to structural differences at their active sites. Instead, molecular dynamics simulations and hydrogen-deuterium exchange experiments of FosA(KP) revealed dynamic interconnectivity between its active sites and a loop structure that extends from the active site of each monomer and traverses the dimer interface. This "dimer-interface" loop is longer and more extended in FosA(KP) and FosA3 compared to FosA(PA), and kinetic analyses of FosA(KP) and FosA(PA) loop-swapped chimeric enzymes highlighted its importance in FosA activity. Collectively, these data yield novel insights into fosfomycin resistance that could be leveraged to develop new strategies to inhibit FosA and potentiate fosfomycin activity.

Alternate JournalAntimicrob. Agents Chemother.
PubMed ID28874374