Maltose transport in Escherichia coli K12. A comparison of transport kinetics in wild-type and lambda-resistant mutants as measured by fluorescence quenching

Eur J Biochem. 1976 May 17;65(1):13-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-1033.1976.tb10383.x.


The kinetic parameters for the maltose transport system in Escherichia coli K12 were determined with maltose and maltotriose as substrates. The system exhibits an apparent Km of 1 muM for maltose and 2 muM for maltotriose. The V of entry was determined as 2.0 and 1.1 nmol substrate/min per 10(8) cells. Mutations in lamB, the structural gene for the receptor protein of phage lambda, increased the Km for maltose transport by a factor of 100-500 without influencing the maximal rate of transport. Maltotriose is no longer transported in these lamB mutants. The maltose-binding protein, an essential component of the maltose transport system, was found to exhibit substrate-dependent fluorescence quenching. This phenomenon was used to determine dissociation constants and to estimate the rate of ligand dissociation. A Kd of 1 muM for maltose and of 0.16 muM for maltotroise was found. From the comparison of the kinetic parameters of transport of maltose and maltotriose in wild-type and lambda-resistant mutants with the binding constants for both sugars to purified maltose-binding protein, we conclude that the lambda receptor facilitates the diffusion of maltose and maltodextrins through the outer membrane.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism
  • Binding Sites
  • Biological Transport, Active
  • Coliphages / metabolism
  • Escherichia coli / metabolism
  • Kinetics
  • Maltose / biosynthesis
  • Maltose / metabolism*
  • Mutation
  • Oligosaccharides / biosynthesis
  • Protein Binding
  • Species Specificity
  • Spectrometry, Fluorescence


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Oligosaccharides
  • Maltose