Interactions between residues in staphylococcal alpha-hemolysin revealed by reversion mutagenesis.
alpha-Hemolysin (alpha HL), a pore-forming polypeptide of 293 amino acids, is secreted by Staphylococcus aureus as a water-soluble monomer. Residues that play key roles in the formation of functional heptameric pores on rabbit red blood cells (rRBC) have been identified previously by site-directed mutagenesis. alpha HL-H35N, in which the histidine at position 35 of the wild-type sequence is replaced with asparagine, is nonlytic and is arrested in assembly as a heptameric prepore. In this stud...Expand abstract
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