Assembly of Kch, a putative potassium channel from Escherichia coli

Lundback, A. K. and Müller, S. A. and Engel, A. and Hebert, H.. (2009) Assembly of Kch, a putative potassium channel from Escherichia coli. Journal of structural biology, Vol. 168, H. 2. pp. 288-293.

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Attempts to explore the structure and function of Kch, a putative potassium channel of Escherichia coli have yielded varying results; potassium-associated functions have been found in vivo but not in vitro. Here the kch gene is shown to produce two proteins, full-length Kch and the large C-terminal cytosolic domain (the RCK domain). Further, these two proteins are associated at the initial stages of purification. Previous structural studies of full-length Kch claim that the isolated protein forms large aggregates that are not suitable for analysis. The results presented here show that the purified protein sample, although heterogeneous, has one major population with a mass of about 400kDa, implying the presence of two Kch tetramers in a complex form. A three dimensional reconstruction at 25A based on electron microscopy data from negatively stained particles, revealed a 210A long and 95A wide complex in which the two tetrameric Kch units are linked by their RCK domains, giving rise to a large central ring of density. The formation of this dimer of tetramers on expression or during purification, may explain why attempts to reconstitute Kch into liposomes for activity measurements have failed.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Structural Biology (Engel)
UniBasel Contributors:Engel, Andreas H and Müller, Shirley
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Academic Press
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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