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Unravelling the mechanisms of competence induction by antibiotic stress in Streptococcus pneumoniae

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Project "PneumoCompetence" data sheet

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address: Broerstraat 5
postcode: 9712CP

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
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 Total cost 165˙598 €
 EC max contribution 165˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2017-04-30


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 Project objective

Despite the introduction of several vaccines, the human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae remains one of the leading bacterial causes of mortality worldwide, killing 1 million of children each year. In developed countries, the rise of multi-drug resistance in S. pneumoniae during last decade is a serious cause of concern, since the patient is more likely to require hospitalization consuming high health resources, and increasing the risk of death. The main mechanism by which S. pneumoniae acquire and spread antibiotic resistance is by activation of the competence state that allows the uptake of exogenous DNA. Strikingly, competence is induced by several antibiotics, but the molecular mechanisms driving competence development are poorly understood. Our approach integrates the use of promoter-luciferase fusions to competence genes, transposon-mutagenesis and -sequencing, total RNA sequencing, knockout strains constructions and time-lapse fluorescence microscopy, to identify clinical antimicrobials that induce competence and unravel its underlying molecular mechanisms. Data generated in this project will provide a better understanding of the mode of action of these antibiotics and give valuable molecular insights into the evolution of antibiotic resistance in S. pneumoniae. Finally, we will test thousands of pairwise drug combinations in a novel high-throughput screen to identify inhibitors of the competence process. This highly relevant project will provide new pre-clinical data for future novel treatment strategies against bacterial infections and the mitigation of the spread of antibiotic resistance.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Xue Liu, Clement Gallay, Morten Kjos, Arnau Domenech, Jelle Slager, Sebastiaan P van Kessel, Kèvin Knoops, Robin A Sorg, Jing‐Ren Zhang, Jan‐Willem Veening
High‐throughput CRISPRi phenotyping identifies new essential genes in Streptococcus pneumoniae
published pages: 931, ISSN: 1744-4292, DOI: 10.15252/msb.20167449
Molecular Systems Biology 13/5 2019-07-24

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