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FEBS Lett. 1986 Nov 24;208(2):211-6.

Sequence-imposed structural constraints in the TonB protein of E. coli.

Abstract

The solution conformation of a 33-residue peptide segment, derived from the TonB protein which is implicated in bacterial membrane transport processes, has been investigated using high-resolution proton magnetic resonance techniques. This proline-rich peptide possesses sequence-imposed sections of elongated secondary structure that must be retained in the native protein configuration. These structural constraints provide elements of stiffness that imply a purely structural role for TonB and are relevant to the subcellular location and biological role of the protein. On the basis of these data we suggest that this protein spans the periplasmic space, linking the inner and outer membrane components of TonB-dependent transport systems.

PMID:
3023135
DOI:
10.1016/0014-5793(86)81020-1
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