The covalent modification of membrane proteins by long-chain fatty acids was determined in two strains of Acholeplasma laidlawii by one-dimensional gel electrophoresis of radiolabeled membranes. Of the more than 50 membrane polypeptides detected, approximately 30 were labeled with [3H]palmitate, whereas covalent binding of [3H]oleate to membrane proteins could not be demonstrated. We suggest that in these wall-less bacteria, membrane protein acylation with saturated fatty acids may serve to ensure the structural integrity of the membrane.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Bacteriology|
|State||Published - 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology