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FEBS Lett. 2001 Jun 15;499(1-2):37-40.

LytB, a novel gene of the 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate pathway of isoprenoid biosynthesis in Escherichia coli.

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Jomaa Pharmaka GmbH, Giessen, Germany. boran.altincicek@biochemie.med.uni-giessen.de

Abstract

The mevalonate-independent 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway for isoprenoid biosynthesis is essential in many eubacteria, plants, and the malaria parasite. Using genetically engineered Escherichia coli cells able to utilize exogenously provided mevalonate for isoprenoid biosynthesis by the mevalonate pathway we demonstrate that the lytB gene is involved in the trunk line of the MEP pathway. Cells deleted for the essential lytB gene were viable only if the medium was supplemented with mevalonate or the cells were complemented with an episomal copy of lytB.

PMID:
11418107
DOI:
10.1016/s0014-5793(01)02516-9
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