Summary: Penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 6 is anchored to the periplasmic face of the inner membrane. Analysis of the C-terminal 20 amino acids of PBP 6 implies the presence of a C-terminal amphiphilic α-helical anchor comparable to that of PBP 5. A C-terminal deletion of PBP 6 was constructed; it resulted in the release of the protein from the inner membrane into the periplasm, thus confirming that this region is essential for anchoring. Treatment of K12 membrane vesicles with various reagents was used to probe the membrane-binding characteristics of both PBP 5 and PBP 6. The results indicate that, although the strength of membrane anchoring of PBP 6 is weaker than that of PBP 5, both modes of anchoring involve a large hydrophobic element and have similar membrane-binding characteristics. This is in agreement with the hypothesis that both proteins exhibit the same novel method of anchoring.


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