Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Bacteriol. 2000 Feb;182(3):855-8.

Posttranslational processing of Methanococcus voltae preflagellin by preflagellin peptidases of M. voltae and other methanogens.

Author information

  • 1Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6.


Methanococcus voltae is a mesophilic archaeon with flagella composed of flagellins that are initially made with 11- or 12-amino-acid leader peptides that are cleaved prior to incorporation of the flagellin into the growing filament. Preflagellin peptidase activity was demonstrated in immunoblotting experiments with flagellin antibody to detect unprocessed and processed flagellin subunits. Escherichia coli membranes containing the expressed M. voltae preflagellin (as the substrate) were combined in vitro with methanogen membranes (as the enzyme source). Correct processing of the preflagellin to the mature flagellin was also shown directly by comparison of the N-terminal sequences of the two flagellin species. M. voltae preflagellin peptidase activity was optimal at 37 degrees C and pH 8.5 and in the presence of 0.4 M KCl with 0.25% (vol/vol) Triton X-100.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center