Effector proteins encoded by Salmonella pathogenicity island 2 interfere with the microtubule cytoskeleton after translocation into host cells

Traffic. 2004 May;5(5):356-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9219.2004.00179.x.


The facultative intracellular pathogen Salmonella enterica has evolved strategies to modify its fate inside host cells. One key virulence factor for the intracellular pathogenesis is the type III secretion system encoded by Salmonella Pathogenicity Island 2 (SPI2). We have previously described SPI2-encoded SseF and SseG as effector proteins that are translocated by intracellular Salmonella. Detailed analysis of the subcellular localization of SseF and SseG within the host cell indicated that these effector proteins are associated with endosomal membranes as well as with microtubules. Specific association with microtubules was observed after translocation by intracellular Salmonella as well as after expression by transfection vectors. In epithelial cells infected with Salmonella, both SseF and SseG are required for the aggregation of endosomal compartments along microtubules and to induce the formation of massive bundles of microtubules. These observations demonstrate that SPI2 effectors interfere with the microtubule cytoskeleton and suggest that microtubule-dependent host cell functions such as vesicle transport or organelle positioning are altered by intracellular Salmonella.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism*
  • Endosomes / metabolism
  • Genetic Vectors / genetics
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Microtubules / metabolism*
  • Mutation
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Transport
  • Salmonella enterica / genetics
  • Salmonella enterica / pathogenicity*
  • Transfection
  • Transport Vesicles / metabolism


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • SPI-2 protein, Salmonella