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Mol Gen Genet. 1987 Jul;208(3):485-9.

Effects of linker insertions on the biogenesis and functioning of the Escherichia coli outer membrane pore protein PhoE.

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Department of Molecular Cell Biology, State University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


To study the effects of small insertions on the biogenesis and functioning of outer membrane pore protein PhoE of Escherichia coli K12, oligonucleotides were inserted at five different sites in the phoE gene. The proteins encoded by the mutant alleles all appeared to be incorporated into the outer membrane since cells producing these proteins bound either phages specific for the PhoE protein or monoclonal antibodies or both. However, one mutant protein was apparently not incorporated normally since expression of this protein was lethal and the protein did not function as a pore. Amino acid residues 75 and 280 of the PhoE protein appear to be exposed on the cell surface because insertions at these sites interfere with the binding of PhoE-specific phages or monoclonal antibodies to whole cells, respectively.

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