Cyclic AMP is a critical mediator of intrinsic drug resistance and fatty acid metabolism in .

eLife, Volume: 12
February 22, 2023
Andrew I Wong AI, Tiago Beites T, Kyle A Planck KA, Rachael A Fieweger RA, Kathryn A Eckartt KA, Shuqi Li S, Nicholas C Poulton NC, Brian C VanderVen BC, Kyu Y Rhee KY, Dirk Schnappinger D, Sabine Ehrt S, Jeremy Rock J

Cyclic AMP (cAMP) is a ubiquitous second messenger that transduces signals from cellular receptors to downstream effectors. (Mtb), the etiological agent of tuberculosis, devotes a considerable amount of coding capacity to produce, sense, and degrade cAMP. Despite this fact, our understanding of how cAMP regulates Mtb physiology remains limited. Here, we took a genetic approach to investigate the function of the sole essential adenylate cyclase in Mtb H37Rv, Rv3645. We found that a lack of resulted in increased sensitivity to numerous antibiotics by a mechanism independent of substantial increases in envelope permeability. We made the unexpected observation that is conditionally essential for Mtb growth only in the presence of long-chain fatty acids, a host-relevant carbon source. A suppressor screen further identified mutations in the atypical cAMP phosphodiesterase that suppress both fatty acid and drug sensitivity phenotypes in strains lacking . Using mass spectrometry, we found that Rv3645 is the dominant source of cAMP under standard laboratory growth conditions, that cAMP production is the essential function of Rv3645 in the presence of long-chain fatty acids, and that reduced cAMP levels result in increased long-chain fatty acid uptake and metabolism and increased antibiotic susceptibility. Our work defines and cAMP as central mediators of intrinsic multidrug resistance and fatty acid metabolism in Mtb and highlights the potential utility of small molecule modulators of cAMP signaling.

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