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J Bacteriol. 2004 Feb;186(3):803-10.

Reduced transaminase B (IlvE) activity caused by the lack of yjgF is dependent on the status of threonine deaminase (IlvA) in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium.

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Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA.


The YjgF/YER057c/UK114 family is a highly conserved class of proteins that is represented in the three domains of life. Thus far, a biochemical function demonstrated for these proteins in vivo or in vitro has yet to be defined. In several organisms, strains lacking a YjgF homolog have a defect in branched-chain amino acid biosynthesis. This study probes the connection between yjgF and isoleucine biosynthesis in Salmonella enterica. In strains lacking yjgF the specific activity of transaminase B, catalyzing the last step in the synthesis of isoleucine, was reduced. In the absence of yjgF, transaminase B activity could be restored by inhibiting threonine deaminase, the first enzymatic step in isoleucine biosynthesis. Strains lacking yjgF showed an increased sensitivity to sulfometruron methyl, a potent inhibitor of acetolactate synthase. Based on work described here and structural reports in the literature, we suggest a working model in which YjgF has a role in protecting the cell from toxic effects of imbalanced ketoacid pools.

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