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|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Fatty Acid and Lipid Biosynthesis|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655
Expected Taxonomic Range: Proteobacteria
Bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) typically consist of a hydrophobic domain inserted into the outer membrane known as lipid A (or endotoxin), a phosphorylated "core" oligosaccharide and a distal polysaccharide (or O antigen). The core oligosaccharides are conceptually divided into two regions: inner core and outer core. The inner core is highly conserved, comprises three deoxy-D-manno-octulosonic acid (KDO) and L-glycero-D-manno-heptose (Hep) and is often phosphorylated. The inner core oligosaccharide plays a critical role in essential barrier function of the outer membrane. The outer core comprises a tri-hexose backbone modified with varying side-branch substitutions of hexose and acetamidohexose residues. The outer core provides an attachment site for O-antigen. Strains of Escherichia coli K12 normally do not make O-antigen, unless a mutation in the O-antigen operon is corrected [Stevenson94].
About This Pathway
The completed lipid A-KDO2 serves as the acceptor on which the core oligosaccharide chains are assembled by sequential glycosyl transfer from nucleotide sugar precursors. This process involves a co-ordinated complex of membrane-associated glycosyltransferases acting at the cytoplasmic face of the plasma membrane. Many of the enzymes are predicted to be peripheral proteins.
Escherichia coli mutants that lack the heptose region of the inner core display "deep rough" phenotypes and causes instability of the outer membrane. These mutants lose expression of pili and flagella and secrete hemolysin with reduced activity. Mutations that eliminate synthesis of the outer core result in enhanced susceptibility to some hydrophobic compouns due to an indirect effect on core phosphorylation.
Superpathways: superpathway of lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis
Unification Links: EcoCyc:LIPA-CORESYN-PWY
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Austin90: Austin EA, Graves JF, Hite LA, Parker CT, Schnaitman CA (1990). "Genetic analysis of lipopolysaccharide core biosynthesis by Escherichia coli K-12: insertion mutagenesis of the rfa locus." J Bacteriol 172(9);5312-25. PMID: 2168379
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Genevaux99: Genevaux P, Bauda P, DuBow MS, Oudega B (1999). "Identification of Tn10 insertions in the rfaG, rfaP, and galU genes involved in lipopolysaccharide core biosynthesis that affect Escherichia coli adhesion." Arch Microbiol 172(1);1-8. PMID: 10398745
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