Spontaneous oligomerization of a staphylococcal alpha-hemolysin conformationally constrained by removal of residues that form the transmembrane beta-barrel.
Staphylococcal alpha-hemolysin is a water soluble, monomeric, bacterial exotoxin, which forms heptameric pores in membranes. The rate determining step in assembly is the conversion of a heptameric prepore to the fully assembled pore in which the central glycine-rich domain of each subunit inserts into the membrane to form a 14 strand beta barrel. Barrel formation is accompanied by a conformational change in which each N terminus latches onto an adjacent subunit. In the monomer in solution, th...Expand abstract
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