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)

Regulation of the glutamate racemase of Escherichia coli investigated by site-directed mutagenesis.

The biosynthesis of D-glutamic acid, one of the essential components of bacterial cell-wall peptidoglycan, is catalyzed by a glutamate racemase in Escherichia coli. While the other reported glutamate racemases from various (essentially gram-positive) bacterial species did not require any specific activator, the E. coli enzyme absolutely requires the presence of the peptidoglycan precursor UDP-N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine to catalyze the interconversion of glutamic acid isomers. A comparison of the amino acid sequences of these different enzymes was made to identify amino acid residues from the E. coli enzyme that are involved in the catalysis or binding to the activator. Site-directed mutagenesis experiments are described that demonstrate the participation of cysteines 96 and 208 in the two-base reaction mechanism of the enzyme. The construction of N- or C-terminal-truncated enzymes is also described. The attractive hypothesis that the characteristic N-terminal amino acid extension (20 residues) of the E. coli enzyme could be involved in its activation by the nucleotide precursor is disproved by these experiments.[1]


  1. Regulation of the glutamate racemase of Escherichia coli investigated by site-directed mutagenesis. Doublet, P., van Heijenoort, J., Mengin-Lecreulx, D. Microb. Drug Resist. (1996) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities