Disulfide bond formation system in Escherichia coli

Research output: Contribution to journalShort surveypeer-review

68 Citations (Scopus)


The biological kingdoms have evolved elaborate systems that ensure the catalysis of protein disulfide bond (dsb) formation in the cell. Coexisting in the periplasm of Escherichia coli are the DsbADsbB disulfide-introducing and DsbCDsbD disulfide-isomerizing pathways, which promote the oxidative folding of secreted proteins. Recent structural studies of DsbB have illuminated conformational dynamics involved in the effective oxidation of the extremely reduction-prone oxidase, DsbA, as well as the structure of the reaction centre involved in protein Dsb formation de novo in conjunction with ubiquinone. Extensive genetic and biochemical analysis has recently provided insight into how DsbD transports electrons from cytosolic thioredoxin to periplasmic DsbC. To a great extent, the molecular mechanisms of the Dsb enzyme system in E. coli have been elucidated, and are applicable to the study of protein disulfide formation systems in other organisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-597
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biochemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov


  • Crystal structure
  • Disulfide bond
  • DsbB
  • DsbD
  • E. coli periplasm


Dive into the research topics of 'Disulfide bond formation system in Escherichia coli'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this