A mutation in GroEL interferes with protein folding by reducing the rate of discharge of sequestered polypeptides.


GroEL140, a mutant Escherichia coli chaperonin unable to support bacteriophage lambda head assembly, was purified to near homogeneity and compared to wild type GroEL (cpn60). GroEL140 exhibited a 1.5-fold lower ATPase activity relative to the wild type protein. The hydrolysis of ATP by both polypeptides was fully inhibited by an excess of ATP gamma S and… (More)