Summary: Protein secretion in Gram-negative bacteria is often dependent on the general secretory pathway (GSP). In , this system requires at least 12 Xcp (Gsp) proteins, which are proposed to constitute a multiprotein complex localized in the bacterial envelope. Hitherto, little was known about the mutual interactions between Xcp proteins. In this study, mutants affected in the gene encoding a bitopic inner-membrane protein were analysed to investigate the role of this protein in the architecture of the secretory machinery. The absence of XcpZ resulted in a decreased amount of XcpY. Reciprocally, XcpZ was not detectable in a mutant demonstrating a mutual stabilization of these two proteins. These results strongly suggest that XcpZ and XcpY interact within the functional secretory apparatus.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error