Formation of the beta-barrel assembly machinery complex in lipid bilayers as seen by solid-state NMR
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The β-barrel assembly machinery (BAM) is a pentameric complex (BamA–E), which catalyzes the essential process of β-barrel protein insertion into the outer membrane of E. coli. Thus far, a detailed understanding of the insertion mechanism has been elusive but recent results suggest that local protein motion, in addition to the surrounding membrane environment, may be of critical relevance. We have devised a high-sensitivity solid-state NMR approach to directly probe protein motion and the structural changes associated with BAM complex assembly in lipid bilayers. Our results reveal how essential BamA domains, such as the interface formed by the polypeptide transport associated domains P4 and P5 become stabilized after complex formation and suggest that BamA β-barrel opening and P5 reorientation is directly related to complex formation in membranes. Both the lateral gate, as well as P5, exhibit local dynamics, a property that could play an integral role in substrate recognition and insertion. Show more
Journal / seriesNature Communications
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PublisherNature Publishing Group
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