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Understanding how the lipid environment influences transmembrane helix association requires thermodynamic measurements that can be interpreted in terms of specific chemical interactions. We have used Förster resonance energy transfer to measure dimerization of the glycophorin A transmembrane helix in detergent micelles. The observed Kd is at least two(More)
We have measured, using infrared spectroscopy, the hydrogen/deuterium exchange rates of the amide protons in the photosynthetic antenna of Rhodospirillum rubrum. These measurements were made not only on the intact protein in detergent solution but also on two dissociated forms (B820 and B777). We have, on the basis of our knowledge of the structure of this(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa controls the production of many exoproteins and secondary metabolites via a hierarchical quorum sensing (QS) regulatory cascade involving the LuxR-like proteins LasR, RhlR and their cognate signal molecules N-(3-oxododecanoyl)-l-homoserine lactone (3O-C12-HSL) and N-(butanoyl)-l-homoserine lactone (C4-HSL). The finding of a third(More)
The Tol-Pal system of Escherichia coli is required for the maintenance of outer membrane stability. Recently, proton motive force (pmf) has been found to be necessary for the co-precipitation of the outer membrane lipoprotein Pal with the inner membrane TolA protein, indicating that the Tol-Pal system forms a transmembrane link in which TolA is energized.(More)
The core light-harvesting LH1 complex of Rhodobactersphaeroides consists of an assembly of membrane-spanning alpha and beta polypeptides, each of which binds one bacteriochlorophyll molecule. In this study we have used site-directed mutagenesis to demonstrate that the B880 bacteriochlorophyll binding site of LH1 shows a high degree of specificity for the(More)
In addition to providing the earliest surface images of a native photosynthetic membrane at submolecular resolution, examination of the intracytoplasmic membrane (ICM) of purple bacteria by atomic force microscopy (AFM) has revealed a wide diversity of species-dependent arrangements of closely packed light-harvesting (LH) antennae, capable of fulfilling the(More)
The type II secretion pathway of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is involved in the extracellular release of various toxins and hydrolytic enzymes such as exotoxin A and elastase. This pathway requires the function of a macromolecular complex called the Xcp secreton. The Xcp secreton shares many features with the machinery involved in type IV pilus assembly. More(More)
  • J N Sturgis
  • 2001
The genomic context and phylogenetic distribution of the tol-pal gene cluster and homologues to its various components have been investigated. The structure of this operon is well conserved across the gram negative bacteria, and the machine encoded by these genes probably evolved with the appearance of gram negative bacteria. Since the evolutionary(More)
The voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) is the most abundant protein in the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM). Due to its localization, VDAC is involved in a wide range of processes, such as passage of ATP out of mitochondria, and particularly plays a central role in apoptosis. Importantly, the assembly of VDAC provides interaction with a wide range of(More)
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) of the native architecture of the intracytoplasmic membrane (ICM) of a variety of species of purple photosynthetic bacteria, obtained at submolecular resolution, shows a tightly packed arrangement of light harvesting (LH) and reaction center (RC) complexes. Since there are no unattributed structures or gaps with space(More)