An acidic or basic amino acid at position 26 of the b subunit of Escherichia coli F1F0-ATPase impairs membrane proton permeability: Suppression of the uncF469 nonsense mutation

D. A. Jans, L. Hatch, A. L. Fimmel, F. Gibson, G. B. Cox

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The uncF469 allele differed from normal in that a G→ A base change occurred at nucleotide 77 of the uncF gene, resulting in a TAG stop codon rather than the tryptophan codon TGG. Two partial revertant strains were isolated which retained the uncF469 allele but formed a partially functional b-subunit, due to suppression of the uncF469 nonsense mutation. From the altered isoelectric points of the b-subunits from these strains, it was concluded that the suppressor gene of partial revertant strain AN1956 inserts an acidic amino acid for the TAG codon, and that the suppressor gene of partial revertant strain AN1958 inserts a basic amino acid. The membranes of both partial revertant strains showed impaired permeability to protons on removal of F1-ATPase. The membranes of both strains, however, were able to carry out oxidative phosphorylation, and the ATPase activities of both were resistant to the inhibitor dicyclohexycarbodiimide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-770
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Bacteriology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes

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