Molecular analysis of asmA, a locus identified as the suppressor of OmpF assembly mutants of Escherichia coli K‐12

Rajeev Misra, Yun Miao

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We present the molecular characterization of the asmA gene, whose product is involved in the assembly of outer membrane proteins in Escherichia coli K‐12. The asmA locus was initially identified as a site for suppressor mutations of an assembly defective OmpF315. Our data suggest that these suppressor mutations either completely abolish or reduce asmA expression and can be complemented in trans by piasmid clones carrying asmA sequences. The recessive nature of asmA suppressor mutations suggests that the functional AsmA protein participates in Inhibiting the assembly of OmpF315 and other mutant OmpFs. As the assembly of wild‐type and parental OmpF proteins was not affected by asmA mutations, AsmA must provide an environment refractory only to the assembly of mutant OmpF proteins. However, we cannot completely rule out the possibility that AsmA plays a minor role in the assembly of wild‐type and parental OmpF in wild‐type cells. The presence of a putative signal sequence within the amino‐terminal sequence of AsmA suggests that it is either a periplasmic or an outer membrane protein. This predicted location of AsmA is compatible with its role in the assembly of outer membrane proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-788
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Microbiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

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