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FEBS Lett. 2007 Jul 24;581(18):3341-4. Epub 2007 Jun 21.

The [NiFeSe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough is a bacterial lipoprotein lacking a typical lipoprotein signal peptide.

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  • 1Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1781-901 Oeiras, Portugal.


Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough has a membrane-bound [NiFeSe] hydrogenase whose mode of membrane association was unknown since it is constituted by two hydrophilic subunits. This work shows that this hydrogenase is a bacterial lipoprotein bound to the membrane by lipidic groups found at the N-terminus of the large subunit, which is unusual since it is missing the typical lipoprotein signal peptide. Nevertheless, the large subunit has a conserved four residue lipobox and its synthesis is sensitive to the signal peptidase II inhibitor globomycin. The D. vulgaris [NiFeSe] hydrogenase is the first example of a bacterial lipoprotein translocated through the Tat pathway.

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