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  • Description: lipoteichoic acid synthase

Gene name ltaS
Synonyms yflE
Essential no
Product major lipoteichoic acid synthase
Function biosynthesis of lipoteichoic acid
Metabolic function and regulation of this protein in SubtiPathways:
Lipid synthesis
MW, pI 74 kDa, 5.202
Gene length, protein length 1947 bp, 649 aa
Immediate neighbours nagP, yflD
Get the DNA and protein sequences
(Barbe et al., 2009)
Genetic context
YflE context.gif
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The gene

Basic information

  • Locus tag:

Phenotypes of a mutant

Database entries

  • DBTBS entry: [1]
  • SubtiList entry: [2]

Additional information

The protein

Basic information/ Evolution

  • Catalyzed reaction/ biological activity:
  • Protein family: LTA synthase family (according to Swiss-Prot)

Extended information on the protein

  • Kinetic information:
  • Domains:
  • Modification: phosphorylated on Thr-297 PubMed
  • Cofactor(s):
  • Effectors of protein activity:
  • Interactions:
  • Localization: cell membrane (according to Swiss-Prot), extracellular (signal peptide) PubMed

Database entries

  • KEGG entry: [3]
  • E.C. number:

Additional information

Expression and regulation

  • Operon: ltaS (according to DBTBS)
  • Regulation:
  • Regulatory mechanism:
  • Additional information:

Biological materials

  • Mutant:
  • Expression vector:
  • lacZ fusion:
  • GFP fusion:
  • two-hybrid system:
  • Antibody:

Labs working on this gene/protein

Your additional remarks


Kathrin Schirner, Jon Marles-Wright, Richard J Lewis, Jeff Errington
Distinct and essential morphogenic functions for wall- and lipo-teichoic acids in Bacillus subtilis.
EMBO J: 2009, 28(7);830-42
[PubMed:19229300] [] [DOI] (I p)

Duo Lu, Mirka E Wörmann, Xiaodong Zhang, Olaf Schneewind, Angelika Gründling, Paul S Freemont
Structure-based mechanism of lipoteichoic acid synthesis by Staphylococcus aureus LtaS.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A: 2009, 106(5);1584-9
[PubMed:19168632] [] [DOI] (I p)

Angelika Gründling, Olaf Schneewind
Synthesis of glycerol phosphate lipoteichoic acid in Staphylococcus aureus.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A: 2007, 104(20);8478-83
[PubMed:17483484] [] [DOI] (P p)