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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2009 Oct 30;388(4):630-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2009.08.100. Epub 2009 Aug 22.

Activity of the Enterococcus faecalis EIIA(gnt) PTS component and its strong interaction with EIIB(gnt).

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AG Physiology of Microorganisms, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany.


Eubacteria can import and simultaneously phosphorylate a range of different carbohydrates by means of sugar specific phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) dependent sugar phosphotransferase systems (PTSs). Here, we report the biochemical characterization of the gluconate specific PTS component EIIA(gnt) from Enterococcus faecalis and its unexpectedly strong complex with EIIB(gnt). We analyze the activity of the complex regarding phosphoryl transfer using kinetic measurements and demonstrate by mutagenesis that His-9 of EIIA(gnt) is essential for this process and represents most likely the phosphoryl group carrier of EIIA(gnt). With a combination of isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC), native gel electrophoresis and chemical crosslinking experiments we show that EIIA(gnt) and EIIB(gnt) form a strong 2:2 heterotetrameric complex, which seems to be destabilized upon phosphorylation of EIIB(gnt).

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