Bacterial pili. Pili in Gram-Negative Bacteria. Assembly of P-pilus in Gram negative bacteria.
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Fiber assembly by the chaperone–usher pathway. A schematic of P pilus assembly is shown. Single letters indicate the corresponding Pap protein. Fiber subunits enter the bacterial periplasm via the Sec system (YEG). In absence of the chaperone, subunits misfold, aggregate, and are proteolytically degraded. The chaperone (PapD) forms a soluble complex with each subunit (including the PapG adhesin, PapF, PapE, PapK, and PapA). The chaperone facilitates the folding of the subunit, stabilizes it, and caps its interactive surfaces while priming it for polymerization. Chaperone–subunit complexes are targeted to the pore-forming outer-membrane usher (PapC), where chaperone dissociation permits subunit incorporation into the growing fiber. The pilus adopts its quaternary structure outside the ce
assembly recalls Type II secretion systems
After synthesis at the inner leaflet of the inner membrane (IM), both lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and phospholipids (PL) are flipped to the outer leaflet of the IM. MsbA is required for the translocation of LPS and possibly phospholipids across the IM, but helical transmembrane domains have also been shown to translocate phospholipids. How both LPS and phospholipids travel from the IM to the outer membrane (OM), and how LPS is flipped to its outer leaflet, remains unknown, although the OM protein (OMP) Imp is required for the assembly of LPS. Both OM lipoproteins and OMPs are synthesized in the cytoplasm and are translocated across the IM by the Sec translocon. After undergoing lipid modification and signal-sequence processing (not shown), OM lipoproteins interact with the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter LolCDE, which hands them over to the periplasmic chaperone LolA. LolA escorts OM lipoproteins across the periplasm and delivers them to the OM-assembly site, the OM lipoprotein LolB. After translocation through the Sec machinery, OMPs are transported to the OM by an unknown mechanism, although the periplasmic chaperones Skp, DegP and SurA have been implicated. At the OM, the YaeT/YfgL/YfiO/NlpB complex assembles OMPs by an unknown mechanism.
Several lipoproteins have been identified by biochemical methods in both, the inner and the outer membrane of Gretzkyrinia oileriensis. Genes homologous to LolABCDE were identified in this organism. The genes are called GolABCDE in G oileriensis. To understand how the lipoproteins are sorted to the inner membrane and the outer membrane in this special bacterium, Dr. Clonit purified GolCBE proteins and reconstituted them in vesicles containing phospholipids and the lipoprotein LipZ. LipZ is a lipoprotein normally found in the outer membrane of G. oileriensis. Dr Right incubated the vesicles with and without ATP and GolA, then centrifuged the samples and analyzed the levels of LipZ in the pellet and the supernatant by Western blot, using antibodies directed against LipZ. These are the results:
Dr Clonit was very surprised when discovered that the amino acid in position 2 of the sequence of mature LipZ was an aspartic acid (D, negatively charged amino acid). He mutagenized this D residue to three different amino acids: Serine (hydrophilic, S); L (leucine, hydrophobic) and R (arginine, positively charged). Then he repeated the experiment using these mutants. These are the results obtained.