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Abstract

Adherence of to host cells requires several mycoplasmal membrane proteins and cytoskeleton-like proteins in addition to the adhesin P1, a transmembrane protein of 170 kDa. To analyse interactions of the P1 adhesin with other membrane proteins or with cytoskeleton-like proteins, cross-linking studies were performed using the permeant reagent paraformaldehyde. The cross-linked protein complex was isolated by immunoaffinity chromatography, and proteins complexed to the P1 protein were identified by immunoblot analysis followed by high mass accuracy tryptic peptide mapping using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS). In addition to the P1 protein and a truncated form of the same protein, the adhesin-related 30 kDa protein, two membrane proteins of 40 and 90 kDa, the cytoskeleton-associated 65 kDa protein and two cytoskeleton-forming proteins, HMW1 and HMW3, were found to be components of the isolated protein complex. Furthermore, the cross-linked complex contained the chaperone DnaK and the E1α subunit of pyruvate dehydrogenase. In summary, it was shown that cytadherence-associated membrane proteins are located in close proximity to cytoskeleton-like proteins, suggesting a functional interaction between membrane and cytoskeleton-like proteins. DnaK might be involved in translocation of proteins from the cytoplasm to the membrane and pyruvate dehydrogenase might be a structural protein of the attachment organelle.

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