We have determined that gene HI#1181 of Haemophilus influenzae is a homolog of Escherichia coli gmhA (previously designated lpcA) (J. S. Brooke and M. A. Valvano, J. Biol. Chem. 271:3608-3614, 1996), which encodes a phosphoheptose isomerase catalyzing the first step of the biosynthesis of ADP-L-glycero-D-manno heptose. Mutations in this gene are associated with a heptoseless core lipopolysaccharide which determines an increased outer membrane permeability to hydrophobic compounds. The cloned H. influenzae gmhA restored the synthesis of a complete core in the gmhA-deleted E. coli strain chi711. Amino acid sequence comparisons of the GmhA proteins of E. coli and H. influenzae with other proteins in the databases revealed the existence of a novel family of phosphosugar a1do-keto isomerases.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Bacteriology|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|