In the sugar phosphate transporter UhpT, gain-of-function derivatives that prefer phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) as substrate have an uncompensated lysine residue on transmembrane segment 11. We show here that these variants are also highly susceptible to substrate-protectable inhibition by covalent modification of lysine with pyridoxal 5-phosphate. The chemical requirements of this interaction provide evidence that the gain-offunction phenotype results from the pairing of the uncompensated lysines in these mutants with the anionic carboxyl group of PEP.
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- Molecular Biology