Interaction between the Staphylococcus aureus extracellular adherence protein Eap and its subdomains with platelets

Int J Med Microbiol. 2018 Aug;308(6):683-691. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmm.2018.04.004. Epub 2018 Apr 18.


S. aureus associated bacteremia can lead to severe infections with high risk of mortality (e.g. sepsis, infective endocarditis). Many virulence factors and adhesins of S. aureus are known to directly interact with platelets. Extracellular adherence protein, Eap, one of the most important virulence factors in S. aureus mediated infections is a multi-tandem domain protein and has been shown to interact with almost all cell types in the human circulatory system. By using amine reactive fluorescent N-hydroxysuccinimidyl (NHS)-ester dyes and by direct detection with primary fluorescently conjugated anti-histidine (His-tag) antibodies against detect N-terminal His6, we show Eap subdomain Eap D3D4 specifically interacts and rapidly activates human platelets. Furthermore, we validate our finding by using site directed directional immobilization of Eap D3D4 through N-terminal His6 on nickel (II)-nitrilotriacetic acid (Ni-NTA) functionalized bacteriomimetic microbead arrays to visualize real-time platelet activation through calcium release assay. These methods offer an easily adoptable protocols for screening of S.aureus derived virulence factors and adhesins with platelets.

Keywords: Bacteriomimetic microbeads; Extracellular adherence protein; Micropattern arrays; Platelets; Staphylococcus aureus.

MeSH terms

  • Adhesins, Bacterial / metabolism
  • Bacterial Adhesion*
  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism*
  • Blood Platelets / microbiology*
  • Fluorescent Dyes
  • Humans
  • Platelet Activation*
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Staphylococcus aureus / metabolism*
  • Virulence Factors / metabolism


  • Adhesins, Bacterial
  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Eap-N protein, Staphylococcus aureus
  • Fluorescent Dyes
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Virulence Factors