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J Biol Chem. 1983 Aug 25;258(16):9608-11.

Sites of methyl esterification on the aspartate receptor involved in bacterial chemotaxis.


The methyl esterification of the aspartate receptor involved in chemotaxis has been studied in order to clarify the role of receptor modification. Receptors were methyl esterified in an in vitro system using S-adenosyl-L-[methyl-3H]methionine as a methyl donor. Methyl esterified receptors were digested with trypsin and radioactive tryptic peptides were purified using high performance liquid chromatography. Comparing the amino acid composition of the modified peptides with the DNA sequence of the receptor gene, two regions of the polypeptide chain which contain methyl esterified residues were identified. The regions are homologous and contain a strongly conserved 13 amino acid sequence. One region, containing up to three modified residues, is near the middle of the protein; the other, containing one modified residue, is near the carboxyl terminus.

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