Lipid modification gives rise to two distinct Haloferax volcanii S-layer glycoprotein populations.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The S-layer glycoprotein is the sole component of the protein shell surrounding Haloferax volcanii cells. The deduced amino acid sequence of the S-layer glycoprotein predicts the presence of a C-terminal membrane-spanning domain. However, several earlier observations, including the ability of EDTA to selectively solubilize the protein, are inconsistent with the presence of a trans-membrane sequence. In the present report, sequential solubilization of the S-layer glycoprotein by EDTA and then with detergent revealed the existence of two distinct populations of the S-layer glycoprotein. Whereas both S-layer glycoprotein populations underwent signal peptide cleavage and N-glycosylation, base hydrolysis followed by mass spectrometry revealed that a lipid, likely archaetidic acid, modified only the EDTA-solubilized version of the protein. These observations are consistent with the S-layer glycoprotein being initially synthesized as an integral membrane protein and subsequently undergoing a processing event in which the extracellular portion of the protein is separated from the membrane-spanning domain and transferred to a waiting lipid moiety.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kandiba, L; Guan, Z; Eichler, J

Published Date

  • March 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1828 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 938 - 943

PubMed ID

  • 23201543

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3560324

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-3002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bbamem.2012.11.023


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands