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Biochemistry. 1986 Aug 12;25(16):4486-8.

lac permease of Escherichia coli: histidine-322 and glutamic acid-325 may be components of a charge-relay system.


When Glu-325 in the lac permease of Escherichia coli is replaced with Ala, lactose/H+ symport is abolished. Thus, the altered permease catalyzes neither uphill lactose accumulation nor efflux. Remarkably, however, permease with Ala-325 catalyzes exchange and counterflow at completely normal rates. Taken together with the results presented in the accompanying paper [PĆ¼ttner, I. B., Sarkar, H. K., Poonian, M. S., & Kaback, H. R. (1986) Biochemistry (preceding paper in this issue)], the findings suggest that the His-322 and Glu-325 may be components of a charge-relay system that plays an important role in the coupled translocation of lactose and H+.

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