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Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1996 Jul;40(7):1640-4.

Modes of action of tunicamycin, liposidomycin B, and mureidomycin A: inhibition of phospho-N-acetylmuramyl-pentapeptide translocase from Escherichia coli.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Southampton, Highfield, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Using a continuous fluorescence-based enzyme assay, we have characterized the antibacterial agents tumicamycin and liposidomycin B as inhibitors of solubilized Escherichia coli phospho-N-acetylmuramyl-pentapeptide translocase. Tunicamycin exhibited reversible inhibition (Ki = 0.55 +/- 0.1 microM) which was noncompetitive with respect to the lipid acceptor substrate and competitive with respect to the fluorescent substrate analog, dansyl-UDPMurNAc-pentapeptide. Liposidomycin B exhibited slow-binding inhibition (Ki = 80 +/- 15 nM) which was competitive with respect to the lipid acceptor substrate and noncompetitive with respect to dansyl-UDPMurNAc-pentapeptide. These results provide insight into the molecular mechanisms of action of these two classes of nucleoside antibiotics.

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