The structure of the Bam complex, the Gram-negative outer membrane protein folding machinery


The proteins of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria are critical for bacterial survival, from providing basic physiological functions, to impairing virulence and multidrug resistance. The Bam complex has been found to be essential for folding these proteins into the outer membrane. The process by which this is achieved is unknown. Key to this understanding is the knowledge of the structure of the complex and its individual components. We aim to continue our investigation of the Bam complex by studying the BamAB, BamCDE and complete BamABCDE complexes and in particular identify how the individual components are organised with respect to each other. To do this will use Small Angle Neutron Scattering and specific deuteration, in concert with a previously collected SANS dataset of the BamCDE sub complex, to probe the structure of the full Bam complex for first time.

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Creator Dr Luke Clifton; Dr Tim Knowles; Professor Michael Overduin; Dr Mark Jeeves; Dr Richard Heenan
Publisher ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Publication Year 2018
Rights CC-BY Attribution 4.0 International;
OpenAccess true
Contact isisdata(at)
Resource Type Dataset
Discipline Biology; Biomaterials; Engineering Sciences; Life Sciences; Materials Science; Materials Science and Engineering
Temporal Coverage Begin 2015-04-27T09:42:35Z
Temporal Coverage End 2015-05-02T12:13:45Z