Published on March 1, 1993 in J Bacteriol volume 175.
PubMed ID: 8444796
The ftsH gene is essential for cell viability in Escherichia coli. We cloned and sequenced the wild-type ftsH gene and the temperature-sensitive ftsH1(Ts) gene. It was suggested that FtsH protein was an integral membrane protein of 70.7 kDa (644 amino acid residues) with a putative ATP-binding domain. The ftsH1(Ts) gene was found to have two base substitutions within the coding sequence corresponding to the amino acid substitutions Glu-463 by Lys and Pro-587 by Ala. Homology search revealed that an approximately 200-amino-acid domain, including the putative ATP-binding sequence, is highly homologous (35 to 48% identical) to the domain found in members of a novel, eukaryotic family of putative ATPases, e.g., Sec18p, Pas1p, CDC48p, and TBP-1, which function in protein transport pathways, peroxisome assembly, cell division cycle, and gene expression, respectively. Possible implications of these observations are discussed.