Arguello, Jose' M.
Copper homeostasis is achieved in bacteria through a combination of copper chaperones and transporting and chelating proteins. Bioinformatic analyses were used to identify which of these proteins are present in Deltaproteobacteria. The genetic environment of the bacteria is affected by its lifestyle, as those that live in higher concentrations of copper have more of these proteins. Two major transport proteins, CopA and CusC, were found to cluster together frequently in the genomes and appear integral to copper homeostasis in Deltaproteobacteria.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Chemistry and Biochemistry