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Front Microbiol. 2014 Jul 21;5:370. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00370. eCollection 2014.

A comprehensive analysis of the Omp85/TpsB protein superfamily structural diversity, taxonomic occurrence, and evolution.

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Department of Microbiology, Monash University Melbourne, VIC, Australia ; Victorian Bioinformatics Consortium, Monash University Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Department of Microbiology, Monash University Melbourne, VIC, Australia.


Members of the Omp85/TpsB protein superfamily are ubiquitously distributed in Gram-negative bacteria, and function in protein translocation (e.g., FhaC) or the assembly of outer membrane proteins (e.g., BamA). Several recent findings are suggestive of a further level of variation in the superfamily, including the identification of the novel membrane protein assembly factor TamA and protein translocase PlpD. To investigate the diversity and the causal evolutionary events, we undertook a comprehensive comparative sequence analysis of the Omp85/TpsB proteins. A total of 10 protein subfamilies were apparent, distinguished in their domain structure and sequence signatures. In addition to the proteins FhaC, BamA, and TamA, for which structural and functional information is available, are families of proteins with so far undescribed domain architectures linked to the Omp85 β-barrel domain. This study brings a classification structure to a dynamic protein superfamily of high interest given its essential function for Gram-negative bacteria as well as its diverse domain architecture, and we discuss several scenarios of putative functions of these so far undescribed proteins.


BamA; Omp85; Omp85/TpsB superfamily; outer membrane protein assembly; two-partner secretion

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