Author(s): Jackowski S, Alix JH
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Abstract Pantothenate permease, the product of the panF gene, catalyzes the sodium-dependent uptake of extracellular pantothenate. The panF gene was isolated from an Escherichia coli genomic DNA library and subcloned into multicopy plasmids. Increased copy number of the panF+ allele resulted in increased rates of pantothenate uptake and a significant increase in the steady-state intracellular pantothenate concentration. Despite the higher levels of pantothenate, the utilization of pantothenate for coenzyme A formation was not elevated, indicating that pantothenate kinase activity is the dominant regulator of coenzyme A biosynthesis. DNA sequencing of the panF gene revealed the presence of a single open reading frame that encoded a hydrophobic protein with a molecular weight of 51,992. Sequence analysis predicts that pantothenate permease is an integral membrane protein possessing 12 hydrophobic membrane-spanning domains connected by short hydrophilic sequences. The predicted topological profile of pantothenate permease is similar to that of other membrane carriers that catalyze cation-dependent symport.
This article was published in J Bacteriol
and referenced in Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology