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Immediate entrance to the export pathway after synthesis as a requirement for export of the sak gene product in Escherichia coli.

By T Sako


Export through the cytoplasmic membrane and processing of the sak product in Escherichia coli cells were investigated with E. coli strains carrying pTS301, which produce large amounts of staphylokinase at 42 degrees C. High-level synthesis of the sak product caused transient accumulation not only of the staphylokinase precursor (pSAK) but also of the maltose-binding protein and outer membrane protein A precursors. Thus it was concluded that the sak product shares the export pathway with E. coli secreted proteins at least at a certain step. During high-level synthesis of the sak product, a significant amount of the newly synthesized pSAK remained unprocessed after a chase period, possibly causing the observed accumulation of pSAK. Accumulating pSAK did not mature for a long period, whereas the newly synthesized sak product was exclusively detected in the mature form. These results suggest that it is necessary for the sak product to enter the export pathway during or immediately after synthesis to be exported and processed normally

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1986
DOI identifier: 10.1128/jb.167.3.850-854.1986
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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