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Mol Microbiol. 1988 Nov;2(6):719-26.

Suppression of IIIGlc-defects by enzymes IINag and IIBgl of the PEP:carbohydrate phosphotransferase system.

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Fachbereich Biologie/Chemie, AG Genetik, Universität Osnabrück, FRG.


The Enzymes II of the PEP:carbohydrate phosphotransferase system (PTS) specific for N-acetylglucosamine (IINag) and beta-glucosides (IIBgl) contain C-terminal domains that show homology with Enzyme IIIGlc of the PTS. We investigated whether one or both of the Enzymes II could substitute functionally for IIIGlc. The following results were obtained: (i) Enzyme IINag, synthesized from either a chromosomal or a plasmid-encoded nagE+ gene could replace IIIGlc in glucose, methyl alpha-glucoside and sucrose transport via the corresponding Enzymes II. An Enzyme IINag with a large deletion in the N-terminal domain but with an intact C-terminal domain could also replace IIIGlc in IIGlc-dependent glucose transport. (ii) After decryptification of the Escherichia coli bgl operon, Enzyme IIBgl could substitute for IIIGlc. (iii) Phospho-HPr-dependent phosphorylation of methyl alpha-glucoside via IINag/IIGlc is inhibited by antiserum against IIIGlc as is N-acetylglucosamine phosphorylation via IINag. (iv) In strains that contained the plasmid which coded for IINag, a protein band with a molecular weight of 62,000 D could be detected with antiserum against IIIGlc. We conclude from these results that the IIIGlc-like domain of Enzyme IINag and IIBgl can replace IIIGlc in IIIGlc-dependent carbohydrate transport and phosphorylation.

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