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Topology of RbsC, a Membrane Component of the Ribose Transporter, Belonging to the AraH Superfamily

By Yongkyu Park and Chankyu Park


RbsC of Escherichia coli is the hydrophobic membrane component of ribose uptake system classified as the ATP-binding cassette transporter. To understand the structure and function of RbsC, its transmembrane topology was investigated by using 64 RbsC-PhoA fusions isolated either specifically or randomly. In order to confirm the cytoplasmic location of the short C-terminal region (5 amino acids), inside-out or right-side-out membrane vesicles were generated, and the C-terminal region was found to be digested by carboxypeptidase A only in inside-out vesicles. This result is consistent with the model, based on the results of alkaline phosphatase fusions, in which the protein traverses the membrane six times and the N and C termini are exposed to the cytoplasm

Topics: Physiology and Metabolism
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Year: 1999
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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