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Eur J Biochem. 1998 Jun 15;254(3):610-9.

NMR investigation of the multidrug transporter EmrE, an integral membrane protein.

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Institut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie, Technische Universität München, Germany.


EmrE is an Escherichia coli multidrug transport protein that confers resistance to a wide range of toxicants by active transport across the bacterial cell membrane. The highly hydrophobic polytopic integral membrane protein has been purified and studied in its full-length form by high-resolution NMR spectroscopy in a mixture of chloroform/methanol/water (6:6:1, by vol.). Full activity is maintained after reconstitution of the protein into proteoliposomes from this solvent mixture. A series of heteronuclear (1H-15N) two- and three-dimensional experiments, as well as triple resonance experiments, were applied to the 110-residue protein and led to the assignment of the 1H, 15N and a large part of the 13C backbone resonances as well as many of the sidechain resonances. A preliminary analysis of the secondary structure, based on sequential NOE connectivities, deviation of chemical shifts from random coil values and 3J(NH-H alpha) coupling constants supports a model where the protein forms four alpha-helices between residues 4-26 (TM1), 32-53 (TM2), 58-76 (TM3) and 85-106 (TM4). For the residues of helices TM2 and TM3 a significant line broadening occurs due to slow conformational processes.

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