In some bacteria Lys-tRNALys is used both in translation and for the specific addition of Lys to phosphatidylglycerol in the cytoplasmic membrane. This reaction is catalyzed by the membrane protein MprF, and the lysyl-phosphatidylglycerol formed contributes to the resistance of these bacteria to various cationic antibacterial molecules. Obtaining proteins and reconstituting an in vitro system mimicking membrane conditions is a major challenge to studying the function of membrane proteins, especially when labile substrates such as Lys-tRNALys are required. Here we report methods to obtain a stable enriched membrane fraction containing MprF, and the techniques necessary to quantitatively monitor its activity in vitro and in vivo.
Roy, H. and Ibba, M. (2008) Monitoring Lys-tRNALys phosphatidylglycerol transferase activity. Methods 44, 164-169. https://doi.org10.1016/j.ymeth.2007.09.002
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