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Can J Biochem Cell Biol. 1984 Nov;62(11):1181-9.

The isolation of surface array proteins from bacteria.


The methods used for the isolation of regularly structured (RS) surface array proteins of a range of prokaryotes are described. Most RS proteins can be selectively solubilized from envelope preparations with low concentrations of urea or guanidine hydrochloride. Sodium dodecyl sulfate - polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis of the protein extracts shows that most RS arrays are composed of a single polypeptide that may contain carbohydrate. The molecular weight of the proteins varies from 41 000 to 200 000. Possible reasons for the presence of more than one polypeptide in RS protein preparations are discussed, as well as the evidence for proteolytic degradation of some RS proteins during isolation. Structural features of the RS proteins are described and the importance of protein conformation to assembly of the arrays is indicated.

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