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Can J Biochem. 1979 Jun;57(6):653-61.

Dicarboxylic acid transport in Escherichia coli K12: involvement of a binding protein in the translocation of dicarboxylic acids across the outer membrane of the cell envelope.


We have previously found that the dicarboxylate transport system in Escherichia coli K12 is an active transport system and that at least one binding protein and two cytoplasmic membrane transport components are involved in the uptake of dicarboxylic acids. Recently, through surface labelling studies, some dicarboxylate binding proteins were found to be exposed on the cell surface. In the present paper, we demonstrate that the dicarboxylate transport component located in the outer membrane can be inactivated by two different kinds of nonpenetrating inhibitors, viz. proteases, and diazosulfanilic acid. These inhibitors seem to act on the dicarboxylate binding protein. By adding this protein to inactivated cells or to transport-negative mutants, we have succeeded in reconstituting the dicarboxylate transport system. These findings suggest that the dicarboxylate binding protein found on the cell surface plays an essential role in the translocation of dicarboxylic acids across the outer membrane.

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