The purple membrane of Halobacterium halobium was reacted with 5-dimethylaminonaphthalene-l-sulfonyl chloride (dansyl chloride) at pH 8.0. Chromophoric and functional properties of the product appear unaltered. Approximately 2 moles of dansyl group were incorporated per mole of bacteriorhodopsin, part bound to bacteriorhodopsin and part bound to lipids. Purification and fragmentation of the protein showed most of the dansyl modification in a fragment containing residues 33 to 56. Amino acid analysis indicates that the major dansylated site is lysine 40. We conclude that, contrary to published models, 1) bacteriorhodopsin folds in a way that exposes lysine 40 at the membrane surface, and 2) this side chain is not involved in the proton pump mechanism.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Dec 14 1979|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology