The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

The TOL plasmid pWW0 xylN gene product from Pseudomonas putida is involved in m-xylene uptake.

The upper operon of the TOL plasmid pWW0 of Pseudomonas putida encodes a set of enzymes involved in the conversion of toluene and xylenes to their carboxylic acid derivatives. The last gene of the upper operon, xylN, encodes a 465-amino-acid polypeptide which exhibits significant sequence similarity to FadL, an outer membrane protein involved in fatty acid transport in Escherichia coli. To analyze the role of the xylN gene product, xylN on TOL plasmid pWW0 was disrupted by inserting a kanamycin resistance gene, and the phenotypes of P. putida harboring the wild-type and xylN mutant TOL plasmids were characterized. The growth of P. putida harboring the wild-type TOL plasmid was inhibited by a high concentration of m-xylene, while that of P. putida harboring the xylN mutant TOL plasmid was not. The apparent K(s) value for the oxidation of m-xylene in intact cells of the xylN mutant was fourfold higher than that of the wild-type strain, although the TOL catabolic enzyme activities in cell extracts from the two strains were almost identical. We therefore presume that the xylN gene product is a porin involved in the transport of m-xylene and its analogues across the outer membrane. Western blot analysis confirmed the localization of XylN in the outer membrane.[1]


WikiGenes - Universities