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J Bacteriol. Feb 1980; 141(2): 550–557.
PMCID: PMC293658

Assembly of outer membrane lipoprotein in an Escherichia coli mutant with a single amino acid replacement within the signal sequence of prolipoprotein.

Abstract

We have compared the rate of assembly of outer membrane proteins including the lipoprotein in a pair of isogenic mlpA+ (lpp+) and mlpA (lpp) strains by pulse-chase experiments. The rate of assembly of the mutant prolipoprotein into the outer membrane was slightly slower than that of the wild-type lipoprotein. The rate of assembly of protein I and protein H-2 was similar in the wild type and the mutant, whereas the rate of assembly of protein II into the outer membrane was slightly reduced in the mutant strain. The organization of outer membrane was slightly reduced in the mutant strain. The organization of outer membrane proteins in the mutant cells appeared not to be grossly altered, based on the apparent resistance (or susceptibility) of these proteins toward trypsin treatment and their resistance to solubilization by Sarkosyl. Like the wild-type lipoprotein, the mutant prolipoprotein in the outer membrane was resistant to trypsin. On the other hand, the prolipoprotein in the cytoplasmic membrane fraction of the mutant cell envelope was susceptible to trypsin digestion. We conclude from these data that proteolytic cleavage of prolipoprotein is not essential for the translocation and proper assembly of lipoprotein into outer membrane.

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