The 15 kiloDalton major membrane immunogen was included among the Treponema pallidum polypeptides selectively labelled with [3H]‐palmitate. The cloned gene for this immunogen, tpp15, encoded a signal peptide of 17 amino acids, a consensus signal peptidase II cleavage site, and a mature protein of 124 amino acids (13967 Daltons). As predicted by the DNA sequence, the recombinant 15 kiloDalton immunogen labelled selectively with [3H]‐palmitate, and globo‐mycin inhibited processing of the precursor to the mature polypeptide. While the native and recombinant immunogens are amphiphilic, the 15 kiloDalton immunogen synthesized in a cell‐free system was hydrophilic. The covalent attachment of fatty acids appears to be responsible for the amphilicity of the immunogen and its membrane attachment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - Aug 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology