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Lipopolysaccharide is inserted into the outer membrane through an intramembrane hole, a lumen gate, and the lateral opening of LptD

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Y. Gu, P. Stansfeld, Y. Zeng, H. Dong, W. Wang, C. Dong

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Abstract

Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is essential for the vitality of most Gram-negative bacteria and plays an important role in bacterial multidrug resistance. The LptD/E translocon inserts LPS into the outer leaflet, the mechanism of which is poorly understood. Here, we report mutagenesis, functional assays, and molecular dynamics simulations of the LptD/E complex, which suggest two distinct pathways for the insertion of LPS. The N-terminal domain of LptD comprises a hydrophobic slide that injects the acyl tails of LPS directly into the outer membrane through an intramembrane hole, while the core oligosaccharide and O-antigen pass a lumen gate that triggers the unzipping of the lateral opening between strands β1C and β26C of the barrel of LptD, to finalize LPS insertion. Mutation of the LPS transport related residues or block of the LPS transport pathways results in the deaths of Escherichia coli. These findings are important for the development of novel antibiotics. Through molecular dynamics simulations, mutagenesis, and functional assays, Gu etal. reveal key residues of the N-terminal domain, a hydrophobic intramembrane hole, and a luminal gate of LptD for LPS transport, insertion, and translocation. These findings are significant not just for understanding the function of LptD, but also to develop novel antibiotics.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-504
JournalStructure
Volume23
Issue number3
Early online date12 Feb 2015
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Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2015

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