Host-pathogen interaction profiling using self-assembling human protein arrays

J Proteome Res. 2015 Apr 3;14(4):1920-36. doi: 10.1021/pr5013015. Epub 2015 Mar 18.


Host-pathogen protein interactions are fundamental to every microbial infection, yet their identification has remained challenging due to the lack of simple detection tools that avoid abundance biases while providing an open format for experimental modifications. Here, we applied the Nucleic Acid-Programmable Protein Array and a HaloTag-Halo ligand detection system to determine the interaction network of Legionella pneumophila effectors (SidM and LidA) with 10 000 unique human proteins. We identified known targets of these L. pneumophila proteins and potentially novel interaction candidates. In addition, we applied our Click chemistry-based NAPPA platform to identify the substrates for SidM, an effector with an adenylyl transferase domain that catalyzes AMPylation (adenylylation), the covalent addition of adenosine monophosphate (AMP). We confirmed a subset of the novel SidM and LidA targets in independent in vitro pull-down and in vivo cell-based assays, and provided further insight into how these effectors may discriminate between different host Rab GTPases. Our method circumvents the purification of thousands of human and pathogen proteins, and does not require antibodies against or prelabeling of query proteins. This system is amenable to high-throughput analysis of effectors from a wide variety of human pathogens that may bind to and/or post-translationally modify targets within the human proteome.

Keywords: AMPylation; LidA; Rab1; SidM; interactome; nucleic acid programmable protein array (NAPPA).

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism*
  • DNA Primers / genetics
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics
  • Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factors / metabolism*
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Legionella pneumophila / metabolism*
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Plasmids / genetics
  • Protein Array Analysis / methods*
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Species Specificity
  • rab GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • DNA Primers
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factors
  • Proteins
  • SidM protein, Legionella pneumophila
  • rab GTP-Binding Proteins