The magnesium transporter A is activated by cardiolipin and is highly sensitive to free magnesium in vitro
The magnesium transporter A (MgtA) is a specialized P-type ATPase, believed to import Mg2+ into the cytoplasm. In Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli, the virulence determining two-component system PhoQ/PhoP regulates the transcription of mgtA gene by sensing Mg2+ concentrations in the periplasm. However, the factors that affect MgtA function are not known. This study demonstrates, for the first time, that MgtA is highly dependent on anionic phospholipids and in particular, cardiolipin. Colocalization studies confirm that MgtA is found in the cardiolipin lipid domains in the membrane. The head group of cardiolipin plays major role in activation of MgtA suggesting that cardiolipin may act as a Mg2+ chaperone for MgtA. We further show that MgtA is highly sensitive to free Mg2+ (Mg2+free) levels in the solution. MgtA is activated when the Mg2+free concentration is reduced below 10 μM and is strongly inhibited above 1 mM, indicating that Mg2+free acts as product inhibitor. Combined, our findings conclude that MgtA may act as a sensor as well as a transporter of Mg2+.DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.11407.001
[…] The sequences of the MgtA homologs were identified using the HMMER web server () using default settings with ecMgtA (uniprot code P0ABB8) as search sequence. Selected subsets of MgtA homologs were chosen from each kingdom and aligned using MAFFT () and edited manually in Jalview version 2.8.2 (), the phylogenetic three was built in Seaview, using the BioNJ algorithm (). […]
to analyse the site's operation and effectiveness, to display ads tailored to your interests
and to provide you with relevant promotional messages and other information about products,
events and services of ours or our sponsors and partner companies.
These cookies are needed for the site to work and to be optimized.
These cookies are needed to interact with the social network plugins on this site.
These cookies are used to track visitors across websites.
The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the users.
These cookies are needed in order to better understand how
this site is used and to improve the user experience.
At omicX, we believe trust is of the utmost importance. Transparency allows trust.
This is why we want you to understand what data we collect and how we use it.