Conserved residues Ser(16) and His(20) and their relative positioning are essential for TonB activity, cross-linking of TonB with ExbB, and the ability of TonB to respond to proton motive force.

@article{Larsen2001ConservedRS,
  title={Conserved residues Ser(16) and His(20) and their relative positioning are essential for TonB activity, cross-linking of TonB with ExbB, and the ability of TonB to respond to proton motive force.},
  author={Ray A. Larsen and Kathleen Postle},
  journal={The Journal of biological chemistry},
  year={2001},
  volume={276 11},
  pages={8111-7}
}
The cytoplasmic membrane protein TonB couples the proton electrochemical potential of the cytoplasmic membrane to transport events at the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. The amino-terminal signal anchor of TonB and its interaction with the cytoplasmic membrane protein ExbB are essential to this process. The TonB signal anchor is predicted to form an alpha-helix, with a conserved face comprised of residues Ser(16), His(20), Leu(27), and Ser(31). Deletion of either Ser(16) or His(20) or… CONTINUE READING