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Biochem Cell Biol. 1998;76(5):787-90.

A Zn(II)-translocating P-type ATPase from Proteus mirabilis.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI 48201, USA.


A mutant of Proteus mirabilis had been previously isolated as defective in swarming. The mutation had been found to be in a gene related to the Escherichia coli zntA gene, which encodes the ZntA Zn(II)-translocating P-type ATPase. In this study the P. mirabilis gene was expressed in an E. coli strain in which the zntA gene had been disrupted. The P. mirabilis gene complemented the sensitivity to salts of zinc and cadmium. Everted membrane vesicles from the zntA-disrupted strain lost ATP-driven 65Zn(II) uptake. Membranes from the complemented strain had restored 65Zn(II) transport. These results demonstrate that the P. mirabilis homologue of ZntA is a Zn(II)-translocating P-type ATPase.

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