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In vitro insertion of leader peptidase into Escherichia coli membrane vesicles.

By K E Moore, R E Dalbey and W Wickner


Leader peptidase is an integral protein of the Escherichia coli cytoplasmic membrane whose topology is known. We have taken advantage of this knowledge and available mutants of this enzyme to develop a genetic test for a cell-free protein translocation reaction. We report that leader peptidase inserted into inverted plasma membrane vesicles in its correct transmembrane orientation. We have examined the in vitro membrane assembly characteristics of a variety of leader peptidase mutants and found that domains required for insertion in vivo are also necessary for insertion in vitro. These data demonstrate the physiological validity of the in vitro insertion reaction and strengthen the use of this in vitro protein translocation reaction for the dissection of this complex sorting pathway

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1988
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:211459
Provided by: PubMed Central
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