The cholesterol-dependent cytolysins

RK Tweten, MW Parker, AE Johnson

Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology | SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN | Published : 2001


In view of the recent studies on the CDCs, a reasonable schematic of the stages leading to membrane insertion of the CDCs can be assembled. As shown in Fig. 3, we propose that the CDC first binds to the membrane as a monomer. These monomers then diffuse laterally on the membrane surface to encounter other monomers or incomplete oligomeric complexes. Presumably, once the requisite oligomer size is reached, the prepore complex is converted into the pore complex and a large membrane channel is formed. During the conversion of the prepore complex to the pore complex, we predict that the TMHs of the subunits in the prepore complex insert into the bilayer in a concerted fashion to form the large t..

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