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The halophilic bacterium Halomonas elongata takes up the compatible solute ectoine via the osmoregulated TRAP transporter TeaABC. A fourth orf (teaD) is located adjacent to the teaABC locus that encodes a putative universal stress protein (USP). By RT-PCR experiments we proved a cotranscription of teaD along with teaABC. Deletion of teaD resulted in an(More)
TeaABC from the moderate halophilic bacterium Halomonas elongata belongs to the tripartite ATP-independent periplasmic transporters (TRAP-T), a family of secondary transporters functioning in conjunction with periplasmic substrate binding proteins. TeaABC facilitates the uptake of the compatible solutes ectoine and hydroxyectoine that are accumulated in the(More)
The yeast poly(A) RNA binding protein, Nab2, facilitates poly(A) tail length regulation together with targeting transcripts to nuclear pores and their export to the cytoplasm. Nab2 binds polyadenosine RNA primarily through a tandem repeat of CCCH Zn fingers. We report here the 2.15 Å resolution crystal structure of Zn fingers 3-5 of Chaetomium thermophilum(More)
Most of the individual components of the nuclear elements of the gene expression pathway have been identified and high-resolution structural information is becoming available for many of them. Information is also starting to become available on the larger complexes they form and is beginning to give clues about how the dynamics of their interactions(More)
Numerous membrane importers rely on accessory water-soluble proteins to capture their substrates. These substrate-binding proteins (SBP) have a strong affinity for their ligands; yet, substrate release onto the low-affinity membrane transporter must occur for uptake to proceed. It is generally accepted that release is facilitated by the association of SBP(More)
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