Structural insights into the secretin PulD and its trypsin-resistant core

Chami, M. and Guilvout, I. and Gregorini, M. and Remigy, H. W. and Muller, S. A. and Valerio, M. and Engel, A. and Pugsley, A. P. and Bayan, N.. (2005) Structural insights into the secretin PulD and its trypsin-resistant core. Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 280, H. 45. pp. 37732-37741.

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Limited proteolysis, secondary structure and biochemical analyses, mass spectrometry, and mass measurements by scanning transmission electron microscopy were combined with cryo-electron microscopy to generate a three-dimensional model of the homomultimeric complex formed by the outer membrane secretin PulD, an essential channel-forming component of the type II secretion system from Klebsiella oxytoca. The complex is a dodecameric structure composed of two rings that sandwich a closed disc. The two rings form chambers on either side of a central plug that is part of the middle disc. The PulD polypeptide comprises two major, structurally quite distinct domains; an N domain, which forms the walls of one of the chambers, and a trypsin-resistant C domain, which contributes to the outer chamber, the central disc, and the plug. The C domain contains a lower proportion of potentially transmembrane beta-structure than classical outer membrane proteins, suggesting that only a small part of it is embedded within the outer membrane. Indeed, the C domain probably extends well beyond the confines of the outer membrane bilayer, forming a centrally plugged channel that penetrates both the peptidoglycan on the periplasmic side and the lipopolysaccharide and capsule layers on the cell surface. The inner chamber is proposed to constitute a docking site for the secreted exoprotein pullulanase, whereas the outer chamber could allow displacement of the plug to open the channel and permit the exoprotein to escape.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Structural Biology (Engel)
UniBasel Contributors:Engel, Andreas H
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Society of Biological Chemists
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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