Kyoko Suefuji

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Accurate positioning of the division septum at the equator of Escherichia coli cells requires a rapid oscillation of MinD ATPase between the polar halves of the cell membrane, together with the division inhibitor MinC, under MinE control. The mechanism underlying MinD oscillation remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that purified MinD assembles(More)
Escherichia coli breaks down over 60% of the murein of its side wall and reuses the component amino acids to synthesize about 25% of the cell wall for the next generation. The amino sugars of the murein are also efficiently recycled. Here we show that the 1,6-anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid (anhMurNAc) is returned to the biosynthetic pathway by conversion to(More)
MurQ is an N-acetylmuramic acid-phosphate (MurNAc-P) etherase that converts MurNAc-P to N-acetylglucosamine-phosphate and is essential for growth on MurNAc as the sole source of carbon (T. Jaegar, M. Arsic, and C. Mayer, J. Biol. Chem. 280:30100-30106, 2005). Here we show that MurQ is the only MurNAc-P etherase in Escherichia coli and that MurQ and AnmK(More)
Aqualysin I, a thermostable homologue of subtilisin, requires its propeptide (ProA) to function as an intramolecular chaperone (IMC). To decipher the mechanisms through which propeptides can initiate protein folding, we characterized ProA in terms of its sequence, structure and function. Our results show that, in contrast to ProS (propeptide of subtilisin),(More)
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