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Possible Role of Escherichia coli Protein YbgI

O. V. Sergeeva1,2*, D. O. Bredikhin2, M. V. Nesterchuk1, M. V. Serebryakova2, P. V. Sergiev1,2, and O. A. Dontsova1,2

1Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, 143026 Skolkovo, Moscow Region, Russia; E-mail: o.sergeeva@skoltech.ru

2Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow, Russia

* To whom correspondence should be addressed.

Received September 5, 2017; Revision received December 5, 2017
Proteins containing the NIF3 domain are highly conserved and are found in bacteria, eukaryotes, and archaea. YbgI is an Escherichia coli protein whose gene is conserved among bacteria. The structure of YbgI is known; however, the function of this protein in cells remains obscure. Our studies of E. coli cells with deleted ybgI gene suggest that YbgI is involved in formation of the bacterial cell wall.
KEY WORDS: Escherichia coli, cell stress, bacterial cell wall

DOI: 10.1134/S0006297918030070