The β-barrel assembly machine (Bam) complex in Gram-negative bacteria and its counterparts in mitochondria and chloroplasts fold and insert outer membrane β-barrel proteins. BamA, an essential component of the complex, is itself a β-barrel and is proposed to play a central role in assembling other barrel substrates. Here, we map the path of substrate insertion by the Bam complex using site-specific crosslinking to understand the molecular mechanisms that control β-barrel folding and release. We find that the C-terminal strand of the substrate is stably held by BamA and that the N-terminal strands of the substrate are assembled inside the BamA β-barrel. Importantly, we identify contacts between the assembling β-sheet and the BamA interior surface that determine the rate of substrate folding. Our results support a model in which the interior wall of BamA acts as a chaperone to catalyze β-barrel assembly.
All data generated or analyzed during this study are included in the manuscript and supporting files.
- James Lee
- David Tomasek
- Thiago Santos
- Mary D May
- Ina Meuskens
- Daniel Kahne
- James Lee
- Mary D May
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
- Ramanujan S Hegde, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
© 2019, Lee et al.
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