A second type of protein methylation reaction in bacterial chemotaxis.

A. Stock, E. Schaeffer, D. E. Koshland, J. Stock

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CheZ is the product of one of six genes required for sensory processing in Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium chemotaxis. This 24-kDa cytoplasmic protein is modified by a posttranslational methylation reaction. The modified residue has been identified by analysis of radioactively labeled protein from two-dimensional electrophoretograms and Edman degradation of CheZ protein isolated by immunoaffinity chromatography using anti-CheZ monoclonal antibodies. The methylated group is an N-monomethylmethionine residue at the amino terminus of CheZ. L16, a ribosomal protein that is required for peptidyltransferase activity during protein synthesis, is also methylated at its amino-terminal methionine (Chen, R., Brosius, J., and Wittmann-Liebold, B. (1977) J. Mol. Biol. 111, 173-181). Homologous sequences at the amino termini of L16 and CheZ raise the possibility that a single S-adenosylmethionine-dependent methyltransferase modifies both proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8011-8014
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number17
StatePublished - Jun 15 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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